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”Legalize it!” En diskursanalys av debatten om cannabislegalisering i vissa dagstidningar under perioden 2000-2014.

Engelbrektsson Malmsköld, Josephine LU and Krassman, Amanda LU (2015) SOPA63 20142
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was to investigate how the issue of the legalization of cannabis has been
presented and changed over time (2000-2014) in the newspapers Aftonbladet, Svenska
Dagbladet and Dagens Nyheter. More specifically, we aimed to investigate the pros and cons
that have occurred, the different presentations of cannabis that we have observed and how the
meaning of the word legalization looked like. We have limited our sample to three national
newspapers including two morning papers and a tabloid. We have used a qualitative approach
in the form of discourse analysis where, through an eclectic approach integrated concepts
from critical discourse analysis and discourse theory. The main results we have found has
been the... (More)
The aim of this study was to investigate how the issue of the legalization of cannabis has been
presented and changed over time (2000-2014) in the newspapers Aftonbladet, Svenska
Dagbladet and Dagens Nyheter. More specifically, we aimed to investigate the pros and cons
that have occurred, the different presentations of cannabis that we have observed and how the
meaning of the word legalization looked like. We have limited our sample to three national
newspapers including two morning papers and a tabloid. We have used a qualitative approach
in the form of discourse analysis where, through an eclectic approach integrated concepts
from critical discourse analysis and discourse theory. The main results we have found has
been the development of the concept of legalization which initially involved a total
legalization and total ban and later on a much more nuanced picture where the legalization of
restrictions become prominent. We have also been able to discern that the image of cannabis
during the time period become more normalized where more and more countries have chosen
to legalize with restrictions. We could in our study identify that alcohol was a frequent
argument for legalization and against legalization, further, could we in the end of our study
identify the still legal drug spice as a strong argument for the legalization of cannabis because
it is significantly harmful. (Less)
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author
Engelbrektsson Malmsköld, Josephine LU and Krassman, Amanda LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20142
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Cannabis, legalization, discourse analysis, newspapers
language
Swedish
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5049214
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2015-02-16 12:16:35
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2015-02-16 12:16:35
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study was to investigate how the issue of the legalization of cannabis has been
presented and changed over time (2000-2014) in the newspapers Aftonbladet, Svenska
Dagbladet and Dagens Nyheter. More specifically, we aimed to investigate the pros and cons
that have occurred, the different presentations of cannabis that we have observed and how the
meaning of the word legalization looked like. We have limited our sample to three national
newspapers including two morning papers and a tabloid. We have used a qualitative approach
in the form of discourse analysis where, through an eclectic approach integrated concepts
from critical discourse analysis and discourse theory. The main results we have found has
been the development of the concept of legalization which initially involved a total
legalization and total ban and later on a much more nuanced picture where the legalization of
restrictions become prominent. We have also been able to discern that the image of cannabis
during the time period become more normalized where more and more countries have chosen
to legalize with restrictions. We could in our study identify that alcohol was a frequent
argument for legalization and against legalization, further, could we in the end of our study
identify the still legal drug spice as a strong argument for the legalization of cannabis because
it is significantly harmful.},
  author       = {Engelbrektsson Malmsköld, Josephine and Krassman, Amanda},
  keyword      = {Cannabis,legalization,discourse analysis,newspapers},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {”Legalize it!” En diskursanalys av debatten om cannabislegalisering i vissa dagstidningar under perioden 2000-2014.},
  year         = {2015},
}