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State of Denial: Critical Discourse Analysis of the communications issued by a commercial company in a recent premium pension scandal of 2017

Amosova Svensson, Anna LU (2017) RÄSM02 20171
Department of Sociology of Law
Abstract
Being subject to the accusations of criminal and business wrongdoing, the companies tend to address the public concerns with a help of different communications. The defensive strategies of an investment company Allra, expressed during the recent scandal linked to the Swedish premium pension system, will be analysed in the present study from the stance of the critical approach, combined with the Theory of Denial and techniques of neutralisation. The strategies are revealed with the help of critical discourse analysis of communications produced by Allra during the period from February 2017 until May 2017. The paper provides further analysis of the strategies revealed and discusses the issue of power, power relations and power abuse... (More)
Being subject to the accusations of criminal and business wrongdoing, the companies tend to address the public concerns with a help of different communications. The defensive strategies of an investment company Allra, expressed during the recent scandal linked to the Swedish premium pension system, will be analysed in the present study from the stance of the critical approach, combined with the Theory of Denial and techniques of neutralisation. The strategies are revealed with the help of critical discourse analysis of communications produced by Allra during the period from February 2017 until May 2017. The paper provides further analysis of the strategies revealed and discusses the issue of power, power relations and power abuse attributable to the Swedish Pensions Agency as claimed by Allra. The empirical results show the wide range of defensive strategies used by the company, whereas the power relations occupy the central place.

Keywords: corporate crime, critical discourse analysis, organisational discourses, Theory of Denial, rationalisations, neutralisation techniques, corporate strategies, power abuse, premium pension system, investment company. (Less)
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Amosova Svensson, Anna LU
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RÄSM02 20171
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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English
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8925570
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  abstract     = {Being subject to the accusations of criminal and business wrongdoing, the companies tend to address the public concerns with a help of different communications. The defensive strategies of an investment company Allra, expressed during the recent scandal linked to the Swedish premium pension system, will be analysed in the present study from the stance of the critical approach, combined with the Theory of Denial and techniques of neutralisation. The strategies are revealed with the help of critical discourse analysis of communications produced by Allra during the period from February 2017 until May 2017. The paper provides further analysis of the strategies revealed and discusses the issue of power, power relations and power abuse attributable to the Swedish Pensions Agency as claimed by Allra. The empirical results show the wide range of defensive strategies used by the company, whereas the power relations occupy the central place. 
 
Keywords: corporate crime, critical discourse analysis, organisational discourses, Theory of Denial, rationalisations, neutralisation techniques, corporate strategies, power abuse, premium pension system, investment company.},
  author       = {Amosova Svensson, Anna},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {State of Denial: Critical Discourse Analysis of the communications issued by a commercial company in a recent premium pension scandal of 2017},
  year         = {2017},
}