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Psykisk sjukdom som retorisk tidsspegel: En studie om hur psykisk sjukdom konstrueras i läroböcker
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Rhetoric.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Mental illness as a rhetorical reflection of time : A study of the construction of mental illness in textbooks (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to examine the rhetorical function of mental illness regarding the way it constructs the public view of individuals with mental illness. The study is based on the following research questions: What is the rhetorical function of mental illness during the time period 1951-2016? How has the language used to describe mental illness changed over time? How does language use construct and deconstruct the public view on mental illness? Methods based on theories about ideology, genre and discourse have been used to disclose the view on mental illness in medical discourse. The results indicate that the rhetorical function of mental illness is to construct what is normal or deviant. The results also suggest that language use changes the public perception of mental illness. This study shows that the medical discourse is a powerful tool to decrease stigma related to mental illness.  

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2017. , 39 p.
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Mental illness, stigma, rhetoric, ideology, genre, discourse, linguistic construction of illness
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-33008DiVA: diva2:1118775
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Rhetoric
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2017-07-03 Created: 2017-07-02 Last updated: 2017-07-03Bibliographically approved

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