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Viljans vägar och villovägar: Den politiska diskussionen om klasskillnader i hälsa under 1980- och 90-talet
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Sociology.
2002 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

On Devious Paths: The political intention to reduce social inequalities in health in the late 20th century. The ambition of this thesis is to try to detect what happened in the Swedish society when the ideal of equality more and more lost its potential of reality during the 1980s and 1990s. The object in focus is, from this understanding of the contemporary society, to analyse how the Swedish State handled social inequalities in health during this period. This political activity is mainly analysed from Zygmunt Bauman's, Pierre Bourdieu's and Michel Foucault's theories and concepts. Theoretically, the activity can be summarised in three phases:  Initially, there was the unreliability on the field that disturbed the political discussion. When a relative reliability was created the field transformed into an apparatus in Pierre Bourdieu's sense. Finally, as a consequence of the apparatisation, the inequalities in health become a non-problem. The thesis is concluded by thoughts about whether there is a fourth phase, when not even the apparatus is able to mediate the complexity of the problems of the area, when the non-problem no longer works as a state legitimation act, when homo valens (the capable human being) instead of homo saluber (the healthy human being) becomes the supreme ideal in society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2002. , 162 p.
Linköping Dissertations on Health and Society, ISSN 1651-1646 ; 1Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 310
Keyword [en]
Public health politics, inequalities in health, social class, modernity, social fields, legitimation problems
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78288ISBN: 91-7373-360-1OAI: diva2:531821
Public defence
2012-06-07, Aulan, plan 10, gron ingang 16, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
År 2005 tilldelat nummer i serien Linköping studies in arts and science.Available from: 2012-06-08 Created: 2012-06-08 Last updated: 2012-06-08Bibliographically approved

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