At styre mod et sundere liv

Julie Winther Bengtson

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This thesis is concerned with the municipal project ‘Mit Liv – min Sundhed’ (My Life – my Health) which has brought health promoting activities into three employment-creating centres in the municipality of Copenhagen. It sets out to examine what happens when unemployed citizens, because of their economical dependency on social security, have to frequent an employment centre which, because of Mit Liv – min Sundhed, now focuses on health and schedule compulsory health related activities. In general, the health of unemployed Danes has for long been at a bad state, and the project is an attempt to make them both healthier and get them into employment via new and alternative means. The core of this thesis lies on the communication of the importance of health in the centres and thus the execution of power through techniques of government which shapes citizens as responsible of their own health. For example, the unemployed citizens receive concrete tools to work towards a more healthy behaviour. At the same time the citizens are lead to work with themselves in this process. Not due to espoused expectations from the project management or its instructors, but due to values on health. These are created at the employment centre through the health promoting activities and through the engagement of the management. The employees at the employment centres have also been part of the power relation between the authorities and the citizens in activation programmes. Mit Liv – min Sundhed has made an effort to make the employees conscious about healthy behaviour when it comes to themselves as well as the unemployed citizens. Their job has been to encourage citizens to participate in health promoting activities, but the employees themselves have also been encouraged to espouse improved health behaviour. This thesis suggests that, even though both municipal employees’ and citizens’ health behaviour at first hand seems a product of their own individual choices, these choices have in fact been stimulated and shaped by the introduced techniques of government. And although such techniques are perennial subject to philosophical criticism, net effect in the present case has been both healthier and happier citizens at the involved centres.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato21 dec. 2009
VejlederePeter Triantafillou


  • styringsteknikker
  • Folkesundhed København
  • Københavns Kommune
  • subjektivering
  • kontanthjælpsmodtager
  • Mit liv - min sundhed
  • beskæftigelsespolitik
  • Foucault
  • sundhed