Hvis svaret er frivillighed - Hvad er så spørgsmålet? - et speciale om styringsrelationer i det frivillige sociale arbejde

Diane Guinot

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis deals with an analysis of the political initiative ”National Civilsamfundsstrategi” (National Strategy for Civil Society) of 2010. The analysis also brings in reports drawn up by various actors within the field of voluntary social work upon which ”National Civilsamfundsstrategi” leans. The thesis is concerned with the area of policy which is why the emphasis is on document analysis. The theoretical framework of the thesis is built up around Michel Foucault. More specifically, his “theory of governmentality” is used to put the voluntary social work into a special perspective regarding power, through which the focus is on power relations of the voluntary social work where discourses and categories are put into speech. The analysis is done on the basis of Carol Bacchi’s WPR-method (What’s the Problem Represented to be) backed by Kaspar Villadsen and his take on genealogical analysis of the social work and emphasises representations of problems in “Civilsamfundsstrategien” as well as the underlying assumptions embedded in these “problems”. Through the analysis, the actors appearing in the present political initiatives regarding voluntary social work are highlighted. They are juxtaposed in order to pinpoint the underlying elements of the universal categories of “the volunteer” and “the socially exposed” to obtain an understanding about what these categories imply. By dismantling these groupings, the categories perceived as universal within the field of voluntary social work are questioned and rather left as constructions created by history. Through the perspective created by a Foucauldian analysis of power, an understanding is reachable. Not just about how voluntary social work is handled today, but also how the entire society is built up around directional techniques.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato16 apr. 2012
VejledereKirsten Hvenegård-Lassen


  • styringsrelationer
  • National Civilsamfundsstrategi
  • Frivillighed
  • Foucault