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Organiserad brottslighet och terrorism: En komparativ diskursanalys av synen på dessa fenomen i svenska riksdagstryck
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Organized crime and terrorism : A komparativ discourse analysis of the view on these phenomena in Swedish Government Official Reports (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to find out if the use of the concepts ‘terrorism' and ‘organized crime' has changed after the event on 11 September, 2001 when terrorists attacked World Trade Center and Pentagon. In this study I make use of discourse theory in a way which is inspired by the writings of Winther Jorgensen and Phillips. Knowledge acquired through this research has been primarily generated from two Swedish Government Official Reports concerning questions arising from introducing secret police surveillance. In these reports, there are many opinions from authorities whom have given their thoughts on introducing new ways of policing which are very interesting to analyze. The results shows that the ways the concepts have been used have changed after the terrorists attacks. The same holds true for how the authorities describe their will to combat crime. Terrorism has been described as something that pose a near none existent problem before the terrorist attack, afterwards it is described as a risk that poses a major threat to the whole society. The organized crime has been described as something which has been going from a relatively controllable problem to one that undermines the judicial system and the democratic state.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Discourse theory, organized crime, terrorism, risk society, crime and terrorist attacks.
Keyword [sv]
Diskursteori, organiserad brottslighet, terrorism, risksamhälle, brottslighet och terrorattentat.
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16057ISRN: LiU-ISV/SKA-A--08/39--SEOAI: diva2:132695
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2009-12-29 Created: 2008-12-28 Last updated: 2009-12-29Bibliographically approved

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