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Sprutbyte – Not In My Back Yard: En diskursanalys om attityder kring införandet av Stockholms sprutbytesverksamhet
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Needle exchange – Not In My Back Yard : A discourse analysis of attitudes on the Stockholm needle exchanges program for drug users (English)
Abstract [en]

About 35 years ago the WHO advocated that countries with injecting drug users should introduce the so-called needle exchange programs (NEP) to curb the spread of infection by blood-borne diseases. In Sweden the first NEP started 1985 in Lund, but the program was extremely controversial in a country with such a restrictive drug policy like Sweden.

The study you are about to read shall process this controversy, when a NEP opened in Stockholm, by analyzing the articles published in the newspapers Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet. By using discourse analysis as a processing tool we’ll try to see the difference between the two chosen newspapers. We will identify and analyze the different participant’s, such as doctors, politicians, user associations and media, arguments in the needle exchange issue.  

Our results show that the liberal DN articles were supportive of the NEP and that they considered it to be an infectious disease control issue. The liberal conservative newspaper SvD had a different view of the issue and considered NEP to be a question about drug policy. Even after the decision was made the city had problems to find suitable premises for the NEP to operate from.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 57 p.
Keyword [en]
Needle exchange, syringe exchange, drug addiction, injecting drug user, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet
Keyword [sv]
Kanylbyte, sprutbyte, sprutbytesprogram, drogmissbruk, injektionsmissbruk, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-35338OAI: diva2:726702
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Available from: 2014-06-19 Created: 2014-06-18 Last updated: 2014-06-19Bibliographically approved

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