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Varför går folk till jobbet när de är sjuka?: Exemplet gymnasielärarna
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay is to understand the social mechanisms for why people go to work when they are sick. To understand it, we investigated why upper secondary school teachers sickness presenteeism increased in the last twenty years. Data consists of interviews with eleven upper secondary school teachers and two principals, plus statistics. To find patterns in the data we examined the theory of professions and the theory of the new capitalist culture. School budgets are based on support from the government that provides money for each student. Since 1992 free schools are allowed in Sweden. This creates a competition between schools, which may lead to programs in schools with insufficient applicant students to be shut down. The results show that the market's growing influence in schools has given upper secondary school teachers an increased social function. The customer, in this case the students and parents, has become more at the center. This new task, the student caring role, forces the teacher to be more accessible and flexible which has made their profession weaker, giving them more stress and in a longer term, they are feeling sick more often. A combination between a striving to keep up their profession and to not losing students, teachers go to school even if they’re sick. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
Sickness presenteeism, profession, organisation, marketization, school
Keyword [sv]
Sjuknärvaro, profession, organisation, marknadsanpassning, skola
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49269OAI: diva2:897456
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Sociology Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-01-25 Created: 2016-01-25 Last updated: 2016-01-25Bibliographically approved

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