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En diskursanalytisk studie av Aftonbladets publiceringar kring ADHD
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladets conception of the phenomenon ADHD. The essay regards the language that is used (and the values reflected in it) as a sort of mirror where the public opinion is expressed, established and put forward. Being such a constructive factor in the creation of the phenomenon, the language is considered of big importance and therefore this essay is using a discourse-analytic approach to the problem.

The aim of the essay is to achieve a discourse-analytic understanding of Aftonbladets ADHD publications. This paper reaches the conclusion that in Aftonbladet, ADHD is put forward as something extraordinary, not normal and unusual, which results in the subject-positions “Unwanted”, “Disabled” and “Function beneficial”. Since this is the results presented in Aftonbladets discourse, it is also these values that establish the mirror where the public opinion, the diagnosed people, as well as the phenomenon as an abstract creation, flashes themselves. In that way these values create certain outlines and frames for the phenomenon ADHD.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 51 p.
Keyword [sv]
ADHD, Diagnos, Diskursanalys, Aftonbladet, Media, Socialt arbete
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-17360OAI: diva2:503698
Subject / course
Social Work
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-02-17 Created: 2012-02-07 Last updated: 2013-04-02Bibliographically approved

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