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The necessity of more or less wooden construction?: A critical discourse analysis of the modern wooden housing debate in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Due to numerous city fires in the 19th century, timber was prohibited as a frame material in Swedish multi-storey buildings in 1888. This led to the establishment of a concrete construction system, which has come to characterize the Swedish construction tradition. The aim of this thesis is to critically analyse and illuminate the discourses that affected the debate about modern wooden housing in Sweden between 2003-2017, in order to better understand what motivates change within our society. A critical discourse analysis was conducted with the purpose to try to interpret and understand which discourses that factors into the process of change. Thusly, the thesis seeks to answer following research questions: How is modern wooden housing motivated in Sweden? The study emphasized three discourses (economic, environmental and political) that were later on analysed in regards to being motivators for change. The environmental discourse functions as a shallow motivator and the political discourse was often shaped through ideological influences. But the main factor for change was the economic discourse, since most focus within the analysed quotes was influenced in one way or another by that discourse. In closing, the study has also showed that in order to influence change, it is of importance to understand what motivates change.

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2017. , 75 p.
Keyword [en]
critical discourse analysis, sustainability, wooden housing, wooden construction, Sweden
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143809OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-143809DiVA: diva2:1104407
Available from: 2017-07-07 Created: 2017-06-01 Last updated: 2017-07-07Bibliographically approved

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