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Socialt arbete i en modern era: Kritisk diskursanalys om mediers skildring av socialt arbete
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of this study was to analyze how Swedish media portrays social work. The collected material underlying the analysis was published during the period 2007-01-01 to 2017-10-08 in Svenska Dagbladet and Dagens Nyheter. The study focused on how social services and social workers were constructed in the articles, what discourses could be identified and what power structures were made visible inthe discourses. The chosen method was based on Norman Fairclough's critical discourse analysis and more specifically his three-dimensional model. Furthermore, the analysis was conducted on the basis of the social constructionist and discourse theoretic perspective that formed the basis for analysis and interpretation of the material. The study's findings of the material showed that the four dominated discourses of social services in the articles were: criticizing the social services, social services bureaucracy, the work environment at social offices and progressive areas of social services. These discourses showed high interdiscursivity, which refers to are production of the current discourse regime. Furthermore, the study showed that Swedish media depreciate social work to a lesser extent in comparison with other countries. However, results showed that Swedish media often tend to portray social work with ill-founded claims, as the previous research also showed.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie var att analysera hur svenska medier skildrar socialt arbete. Det insamlade materialet som låg till grund för analysen publicerades under tidsperioden 2007-01-01 till 2017-10-08 i Svenska Dagbladet och Dagens Nyheter. Studien fokuserade på hur socialtjänsten och socialarbetare konstruerades i artiklarna, vilka diskurser som kunde urskiljas och vilka maktstrukturer som synliggjordes i diskurserna. Den valda metoden utgick från Norman Faircloughs kritiska diskursanalys och mer specifikt hans tredimensionella modell. Vidare genomfördes analysen utifrån socialkonstruktionistiskt och diskursteorietiskt perspektiv som låg till grund för analys och tolkning av materialet. Studiens resultat av empirin visade att de fyra dominerade diskurserna av socialtjänsten i artiklarna var kritik mot socialtjänsten, socialtjänstens byråkrati, arbetsmiljön på socialkontoren och progressiva yrkesområden av socialtjänsten. Dessa diskurser visade på hög interdiskursivitet, det vill säga att en reproduktion av den rådande diskursordningen. Vidare visade studiens resultat att svenska medier skildrar det sociala arbetet negativt i mindre utsträckning i jämförelse med andra länder. Dock visade resultat att svenska medier ofta tenderar att skildra socialt arbete med grundlösa påståenden, vilket den tidigare forskningen också visade.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 52
Keywords [en]
social services, social workers, discourse, critical discourse analysis, social constructionism
Keywords [sv]
socialtjänst, socialarbetare, diskurs, kritisk diskursanalys, socialkonstruktionism
National Category
Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34576OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-34576DiVA, id: diva2:1252546
Subject / course
Social work SS2
Educational program
Social Work Education - Bachelor of Science programme SSOCG 210 higher education credits
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2018-06-04

Available from: 2018-10-02 Created: 2018-10-02 Last updated: 2018-10-02Bibliographically approved

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