Debatten om HPV-vaccinen

Mariette Buchvald Hansen, Cecilie Elsfeldt Jensen & Terne Sasha Thorn Jakobsen

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


In Denmark, the vaccine against HPV has, since 2009, been a part of the Childhood Vaccination Program. The HPV-vaccine, which is only offered to girls, protects against the types of HPV infections which causes 70% of the occurrences of cervical cancer. Nevertheless, since 2013 fewer and fewer have chosen to get the vaccine. In the same period of time, the news media and social media have displayed a vast and complex debate about the vaccine’s pros and cons, with many actors shouting their opinions. In order to give a real description of the debate and its many actors, this study takes and actor-network approach to a mixed methods study of the debate. Firstly, a quantitative mapping of activity in news media and on Facebook is done, in order to get an outline of the debate and to qualify the next step. The next step is an investigation of content on three Facebook sites and one Facebook group, which are all sceptical of the HPV-vaccine, with a netnographic method. Simultaneously the news media content is investigated through document analysis. The two qualitative investigations are brought together in an actor-network analysis, resulting in a detailed description of how human and nonhuman actors has created – and has been created by – the debate on the HPV-vaccine, and how this has affected the drop in girls getting the HPV-vaccine.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk-Teknologisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato1 jun. 2017
Antal sider90
VejledereAnders Emil Wulff Kristiansen


  • HPV
  • Vaccine
  • Information
  • HumTek
  • Facebook
  • Misinformation
  • Postfaktuelle samfund