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En för mjuk sjukförsäkring? - En diskursanalys av förarbetena till förändringen av sjukförsäkringssystemet

Hardwicke, Emmie LU and Lundin, Åsa LU (2014) SOPA63 20141
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was to examine the preliminary works that were published prior to the change of the sickness insurance system in 2008. Specifically, the aim was to find out what the main discourses in the texts were and what characterized them. The study examined three preliminary works; one Official Report from the Swedish government, one government bill that proposed the change in legislation and one budget proposal. These were read through twice, the first time identifying themes of interest and the second time choosing quotes to analyse based on the themes. The quotes were then codified according to themes regarding responsibility, work ability, illness, morality and economy, and analysed using discourse analysis. Two main... (More)
The aim of this study was to examine the preliminary works that were published prior to the change of the sickness insurance system in 2008. Specifically, the aim was to find out what the main discourses in the texts were and what characterized them. The study examined three preliminary works; one Official Report from the Swedish government, one government bill that proposed the change in legislation and one budget proposal. These were read through twice, the first time identifying themes of interest and the second time choosing quotes to analyse based on the themes. The quotes were then codified according to themes regarding responsibility, work ability, illness, morality and economy, and analysed using discourse analysis. Two main discourses were identified which we called the moral discourse and the economic discourse. The analysis found that the moral discourse was characterized by discipline and control of individuals based on normative judgements tied to the important concept of workfare, and self-sufficiency through work. The economic discourse was characterized by economic arguments about the importance of the welfare system, often using arguments on an individual level to argue for the greater good for society. Foucault’s concept of pastoral power connect the two discourses by its focus on discipline and control of individuals by society for the greater good and to uphold morals, norms and power. (Less)
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Hardwicke, Emmie LU and Lundin, Åsa LU
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organization
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SOPA63 20141
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
sickness insurance system, discourse analysis, workfare, Swedish welfare state
language
Swedish
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4616240
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2014-09-01 16:09:42
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study was to examine the preliminary works that were published prior to the change of the sickness insurance system in 2008. Specifically, the aim was to find out what the main discourses in the texts were and what characterized them. The study examined three preliminary works; one Official Report from the Swedish government, one government bill that proposed the change in legislation and one budget proposal. These were read through twice, the first time identifying themes of interest and the second time choosing quotes to analyse based on the themes. The quotes were then codified according to themes regarding responsibility, work ability, illness, morality and economy, and analysed using discourse analysis. Two main discourses were identified which we called the moral discourse and the economic discourse. The analysis found that the moral discourse was characterized by discipline and control of individuals based on normative judgements tied to the important concept of workfare, and self-sufficiency through work. The economic discourse was characterized by economic arguments about the importance of the welfare system, often using arguments on an individual level to argue for the greater good for society. Foucault’s concept of pastoral power connect the two discourses by its focus on discipline and control of individuals by society for the greater good and to uphold morals, norms and power.},
  author       = {Hardwicke, Emmie and Lundin, Åsa},
  keyword      = {sickness insurance system,discourse analysis,workfare,Swedish welfare state},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {En för mjuk sjukförsäkring? - En diskursanalys av förarbetena till förändringen av sjukförsäkringssystemet},
  year         = {2014},
}