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Professionsmaktens framställning av fenomenet ADHD - en diskursanalys
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the body of knowledge surrounding ADHD there is a power struggle regarding which interpretations and perspectives should prevail. Representatives from various scientific disciplines and professions write and publish articles about the diagnosis based on their respective points of view. These articles are the focus of this thesis. Among other things it can be seen in these examined articles that, the prevalence of ADHD is higher amongst established bodies of social care, and that there is a lack of knowledge regarding the diagnosis in social systems such as schools and social services. Our aim with this study is to highlight how professionals within the Swedish contemporary field of knowledge surrounding ADHD create significance and meaning of the phenomenon. Based on Jonathan Potters discourse analysis, we focus on how ADHD is described by professionals in contemporary Swedish articles about ADHD and also on how these descriptions become valid and credible in these texts. The approach used in our case has been article analysis, based on Potter's rhetorical toolbox that includes both theory and method in one. ADHD is widely presented in the articles with descriptions ranging from a cultural disease constructed by prevailing social climate to being a genetic abnormality. Using various rhetorical strategies it is possible to establish totally different groups of interpretative repertoires as all true. In this thesis, we also discuss the possible consequences of these various explanations and constructions within social work and society at large.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 54 p.
Keyword [en]
ADHD, discourse analysis, discourse psychology, interpretative repertoires, profession, field of knowledge, social work.
Keyword [sv]
ADHD, diskursanalys, diskurspsykologi, tolkningsrepertoar, profession, kunskapsfält, socialt arbete.
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Social Sciences Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-133154OAI: diva2:957469
Available from: 2016-09-02 Created: 2016-09-02 Last updated: 2016-09-02Bibliographically approved

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