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The Holy Hope: A Critical Discourse Analysis of social support on a Swedish online community for individuals experiencing unwanted childlessness
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to problematize social support at online communities for unwanted childlessness by analyzing the discourses of the unwantedly childless and unwanted childlessness at a Swedish online community. This with the purpose of relating online social support to the societal norm for having children. The study is conducted by doing a Critical Discourse Analysis from a Relational- Cultural and Intersectional perspective on a Swedish online community sub-forum called “LESS på ofrivillig barnlöshet? Skriv av dig!” The results show that the social support becomes a paradox. The unwantedly childless themselves view the social support as fostering connection and belonging. In the meantime the social support is reinforcing the societal norm for having children by creating a collective identity of hope and an individual identity of emotional and physical failure. The norm for having children is further reinforced by the relations outside the online community leading to feelings of social exclusion.

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2015. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
unwanted childlessness, online communities, social support, identity, social exclusion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20016Archive number: SGSMK-INSA-2015-3OAI: diva2:841248
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Social work
Educational program
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
Available from: 2015-08-12 Created: 2015-07-11 Last updated: 2015-08-12Bibliographically approved

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