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Anders Bruhns, Drude Rohde, Nadja Juhl & Eline Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Studies show that up to fifty percent of all students at the Danish universities experience stress in their everyday lives. Studies regarding stress are often based on a positivistic ap-proach. This project is critical of the predominant ways in which studies about stress are accomplished. As a result of this, our project seeks to examine the relationship between stress and students at Roskilde University based on a social constructivist approach with the follo-wing thesis statement: How do the students articulate stress and how does this have an impact on their everyday lives? The project is based on C. Willig’s Foucauldian version of discourse analysis in order to examine the relationship between the use of discour-ses, practices and subjectivity. Five students have been interviewed regarding stress and their everyday lives. The analysis model will be used to examine the students’ articulations about stress. The project concludes that the students mainly use three discourses, which are all cla-rified by theories of N. Rose: A neo-liberal discourse, a biomedical discourse and a discourse about self-development. The students produce and reproduce these discourses, which im-plicates that the students feel stress in their everyday lives. The discourses have further consequences for the students’ subjective experiences. The neo-liberal discourse and the dis-course of self-development can e.g. lead to feelings of insufficiency as a result of articulated unachievable goals. The biomedical discourse can e.g. implicate a feeling of lack of influences.

UddannelserSundhedsfremme og Sundhedsstrategier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato23 jun. 2014
VejledereAgnes Ringer


  • Roskilde Universitet
  • Rose
  • Studerende
  • Stress
  • Socialkonstruktivisme
  • Foucault