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Vem får uppbära försörjningsstöd? En diskursanalys av statens offentliga utredningar angående försörjningsstöd

Mannerfalk, Sofie LU (2016) SOPA63 20152
School of Social Work
Abstract
This thesis aims to analyze the discursive construction of the subject receiving income support and what consequences such construction implies. The material being analyzed is two of the official governmental investigations, from 1999 and 2015, regarding income support. The first investigation was chosen to portray the discourse post the 1990’s financial crisis, and how that reflected on the attitude towards those whom received income support. The second investigation is the latest published on the topic and was chosen to reflect what the present discourse looks like. The material is used to mirror each other to identify differences yet also to open up the possibility of common themes and thereby discursive continuity. The thesis proceeds... (More)
This thesis aims to analyze the discursive construction of the subject receiving income support and what consequences such construction implies. The material being analyzed is two of the official governmental investigations, from 1999 and 2015, regarding income support. The first investigation was chosen to portray the discourse post the 1990’s financial crisis, and how that reflected on the attitude towards those whom received income support. The second investigation is the latest published on the topic and was chosen to reflect what the present discourse looks like. The material is used to mirror each other to identify differences yet also to open up the possibility of common themes and thereby discursive continuity. The thesis proceeds from a social constructionist perspective and uses the method of discourse analysis. The thesis proposes that income support has come to be regarded more of an individual and economic issue than before. The subject receiving income support is depicted as dependent, ignorant and passive. The subject is also portrayed in need of external motivation, discipline and repression to achieve change. The subject is constructed in opposition to the remaining society, leading for the remaining society to sustain the image as successful, making the subject receiving income support to be constructed as unsuccessful. The consequences of these discursive constructions implies that the subject is attributed a responsibility, however is left without agency. By applying the subject with responsibility for the situation, the solutions thereby focuses on the level of the individual and the possibility to see the connection to structural conditions is being excluded. (Less)
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author
Mannerfalk, Sofie LU
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organization
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SOPA63 20152
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
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subject, income support, individualisation, discourse, social issues subjekt, försörjningsstöd, individualisering, diskurs, sociala problem
language
Swedish
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8521253
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2016-01-15 14:20:21
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  abstract     = {This thesis aims to analyze the discursive construction of the subject receiving income support and what consequences such construction implies. The material being analyzed is two of the official governmental investigations, from 1999 and 2015, regarding income support. The first investigation was chosen to portray the discourse post the 1990’s financial crisis, and how that reflected on the attitude towards those whom received income support. The second investigation is the latest published on the topic and was chosen to reflect what the present discourse looks like. The material is used to mirror each other to identify differences yet also to open up the possibility of common themes and thereby discursive continuity. The thesis proceeds from a social constructionist perspective and uses the method of discourse analysis. The thesis proposes that income support has come to be regarded more of an individual and economic issue than before. The subject receiving income support is depicted as dependent, ignorant and passive. The subject is also portrayed in need of external motivation, discipline and repression to achieve change. The subject is constructed in opposition to the remaining society, leading for the remaining society to sustain the image as successful, making the subject receiving income support to be constructed as unsuccessful. The consequences of these discursive constructions implies that the subject is attributed a responsibility, however is left without agency. By applying the subject with responsibility for the situation, the solutions thereby focuses on the level of the individual and the possibility to see the connection to structural conditions is being excluded.},
  author       = {Mannerfalk, Sofie},
  keyword      = {subject,income support,individualisation,discourse,social issues subjekt,försörjningsstöd,individualisering,diskurs,sociala problem},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Vem får uppbära försörjningsstöd? En diskursanalys av statens offentliga utredningar angående försörjningsstöd},
  year         = {2016},
}