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Med tankar gula som solen skulle nog det mörka i huvudet försvinna - En kritisk diskursanalys av hur psykisk ohälsa framställs i barnlitteratur

Landergren, Hanna LU and Kihlstedt, Frida LU (2016) SOPA63 20161
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was to examine how mental illness among parents is constructed in children’s literature. The empirical material consisted of seven children’s books published between the years of 2008 and 2015. The method used for this study was Fairclough’s Critical discourse analysis. The empirical findings were analyzed from Hirdmans (1988) theory on gender system to make visible the norms and power relations that exist between men and women. Our main questions were which discourses are being used in the process of constructing mental illness among parents; through what kind of linguistic strategies is mental illness among parents and the solutions for mental illness being described. We also examined what norms about gender and... (More)
The aim of this study was to examine how mental illness among parents is constructed in children’s literature. The empirical material consisted of seven children’s books published between the years of 2008 and 2015. The method used for this study was Fairclough’s Critical discourse analysis. The empirical findings were analyzed from Hirdmans (1988) theory on gender system to make visible the norms and power relations that exist between men and women. Our main questions were which discourses are being used in the process of constructing mental illness among parents; through what kind of linguistic strategies is mental illness among parents and the solutions for mental illness being described. We also examined what norms about gender and mental illness are being reproduced and challenged in the children’s literature. The analyze and results showed that the examined children’s literature is complex in its construction of mental illness among parents, where the texts are both challenging some norms while reproducing others. The results indicate a clear gender discourse in the representation of women and men, where women are the most common among the parents to be constructed with mental illness. The women being portrayed with mental illness are constructed as “weird” and passive, whereas the men are still active in their mental illness. At the same time men are being constructed with gender stereotypes such as violence and norm breaking depictions such as vulnerability. The interdiscursivity is on a high level in the children’s literature, where linguistic strategies such as using metaphors is widely used to construct mental illness among parents in an abstract way. (Less)
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Landergren, Hanna LU and Kihlstedt, Frida LU
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organization
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SOPA63 20161
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Critical discourse analysis, children´s literature, gender, mental illness.
language
Swedish
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8877715
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2016-06-07 11:44:31
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study was to examine how mental illness among parents is constructed in children’s literature. The empirical material consisted of seven children’s books published between the years of 2008 and 2015. The method used for this study was Fairclough’s Critical discourse analysis. The empirical findings were analyzed from Hirdmans (1988) theory on gender system to make visible the norms and power relations that exist between men and women. Our main questions were which discourses are being used in the process of constructing mental illness among parents; through what kind of linguistic strategies is mental illness among parents and the solutions for mental illness being described. We also examined what norms about gender and mental illness are being reproduced and challenged in the children’s literature. The analyze and results showed that the examined children’s literature is complex in its construction of mental illness among parents, where the texts are both challenging some norms while reproducing others. The results indicate a clear gender discourse in the representation of women and men, where women are the most common among the parents to be constructed with mental illness. The women being portrayed with mental illness are constructed as “weird” and passive, whereas the men are still active in their mental illness. At the same time men are being constructed with gender stereotypes such as violence and norm breaking depictions such as vulnerability. The interdiscursivity is on a high level in the children’s literature, where linguistic strategies such as using metaphors is widely used to construct mental illness among parents in an abstract way.},
  author       = {Landergren, Hanna and Kihlstedt, Frida},
  keyword      = {Critical discourse analysis,children´s literature,gender,mental illness.},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Med tankar gula som solen skulle nog det mörka i huvudet försvinna - En kritisk diskursanalys av hur psykisk ohälsa framställs i barnlitteratur},
  year         = {2016},
}