This paper examines which discourses are being produced about children diagnosed with ADHD within two children’s books, and how these dis-courses subjectifies children diagnosed with ADHD in certain ways. The chosen literature persists of the books Wilbur, en møgunge (Toft Simonsen 2007) and Michael fra Baldora (Dürr 2012). The books are analysed by us-ing Michel Foucault’s concept of discourse which is being operationalised with the support of Ernesto Laclau & Chantal Mouffe’s discourse theory. The ontological position within this paper is thus inspired by poststructural-isms. Throughout the analysis we establish “Child with ADHD” as the nodalpoint, that the found discourses gives meaning to. This process in-cludes several floating signifiers, that organize in a chain of equivalence. The analysis finds that through these discursive processes, the main charac-ters in both the two books, Michael and Wilbur, are subjectified in specific ways. From here we discuss what common discursive events that are to be found across the books – and furthermore what (and how) discourses differs across the two books. Finally, we estimate, that the main symptoms of ADHD defined by the psychiatry (Psykiatrien) are expressed in a similar way in both books.
|Uddannelser||Psykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor|
- Michel Foucault
- Ernesto Laclau & Chantal Mouffe