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Föräldrar utan arbete: en diskursanalys av barnfattigdomsdebatten i svensk riksdag 2009-2012.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Parents without work : a discourse analysis of child poverty deate in the Swedish parliament 2009-2012. (English)
Abstract [en]

In 2011, child poverty was widely debated in Swedish press and the Swedish parliament. The aim of this study is to describe and analyse the discourses that emerges in the Swedish parliament debate on child poverty. The material examined consists of five interpellation debates between 2009 and 2012. Using discourse theory, the analysis is based on a model constructed by Wreder (2007).

Two closely linked discourses emerge in the debate and relate to either representatives of the government or representatives of the opposition parties. Both discourses revolve around four concepts: child poverty, work, parents and children. By examine these concepts, this study shows that child poverty is understood in the opposition discourse as a manifestation of a divided society and is therefore closely linked to a relative poverty measure. The government discourse expresses that poverty cannot increase while wealth grows. Poverty can therefore only be understood with absolute poverty measures. In both discourses, the importance of work as a need to fight poverty is emphasised and the understanding of children as future (working) citizens. Furthermore, this leads to a position for the children to not be in the centre of the proposals for action that is raised.

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Keyword [en]
child poverty, poor children, social policy, discourse
Keyword [sv]
barnfattigdom, fattiga barn, socialpolitik, diskurs
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131130OAI: diva2:939350
Available from: 2016-06-28 Created: 2016-06-13 Last updated: 2016-06-28Bibliographically approved

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