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Folkhälsa som pedagogiskt projekt: Bilden av hälsoupplysning i statens offentliga utredningar
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
1997 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation focuses on educational dimensions of public health as they appear in the texts of governmental committees on Public Health (SOU) from the middle of 1930's to the middle of 1990's. By educational dimensions is meant intention to influence peoples attitudes and behaviours.

The aim is to describe, analyse and compare discourses on health education as they appearin the texts. The method used is an application of poststructural text analysis based onneopragmatism and the work of Michel Foucault. Among the Foucauldian concepts used arediscourse, governmentality, power and subjectification. In the final chapter possibilities andlimitations of Foucauldian analysis, in the light of a neopragmatic philosophy, are discussed.Three different discourses of health education are identified. One crucial difference concernshow relationships between individuals, state and society appear in the texts. A discourse ofpassive presence (in 1930's) deals with conditions and lifestyle of Swedes, but the subjectconstructed in the texts is essentially a passive receiver of health information and socialreforms. A further discourse of passive absence tends not to problematize people's lifestyleand health habits at all. Towards the end of the 1970's a discourse of active presence appearsin the texts. By the concept of presence is meant that people's lifestyle, health habits andliving conditions once again become present in the texts. The concept active bears on thediscoursive construction of a self-governing and autonomous subject.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 1997. , 187 p.
Uppsala Studies in Education, ISSN 0347-1314 ; 72
Keyword [en]
Education, health promotion, health education, social medicin, lifestyle, discourse, governmentality
Keyword [sv]
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-114ISBN: 91-554-4013-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-114DiVA: diva2:160688
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1997-09-19, sal 101, Stureg.9, Uppsala universitet, Uppsala, 09:15
Available from: 1997-08-29 Created: 1997-08-29Bibliographically approved

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