Discourse analysis of the swedish integration politics

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Title Discourse analysis of the swedish integration politics
Author(s) Persdotter, Sigrid ; Björlin, Terese
Date 2010
English abstract
This essay is a discourse analysis of the integration politics of the different parties in the Swedish parliament and the non-parliamentary party ‘the Swedish Democrats’, as it is presented on their respective web pages. The overall purpose is to problematize and shed a light on how the current discourse(s) about integration are constituted. Also of interest is how these construct our knowledge and experience of the phenomena. We furthermore want to illustrate the social consequences of such discourses on the construction and organization of identities and groups, and, as a result, the courses of action that becomes available. Our essay has a methodological and theoretical foundation that is based upon discourse theory – an approach with a view of the reality as both socially constructed and as communicated by linguistic organisation. Unsurprisingly then, it is our ontological standpoint that it is language that constructs and gives our reality a meaning, rather than a naturalistic objective and value-free reflection of the world. The analysis identifies some general themes that could be viewed upon as the foundation of the integration-discourse. We find that this discourse is organized around a mythical idea of the Swedish society, which is identified as a broader discourse about the concept of the nation. The ideational process works through the construction of a separation from other nations, and thus an indirect creation of a group (Swedes) belonging to the own nation and community. As a result a division is made between those who belong to the society and those who do not (immigrants). In order to get access to the Swedish society, in other words to integrate and escape alienation, the excluded must get an employment. The various discourses differ on reasons behind the failing integration, a finding that we discuss and problematize around in the study. The overall conclusion is that the discourses is unable to contribute to integration process and instead consolidates the divide between immigrants and Swedes.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Hälsa och samhälle
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) Discrimination
discourse analysis
integration politics
social exclusion
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9699 (link to this page)

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