PATOLOGI - NORMALITET er der en grænse?

Mathilde Trier Reindel, Benedikte Sølvkjær, Sara Flint, Bettina Holst, Sejersdahl Mikkelsen, Amalie Sejersdahl, Julie Eskesen & Mette Duelund

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project concerns the two terms pathology and normality and how it seems that the boundary between these can be difficult to define. To understand the boundary and get an insight of how the terms are used in society it is significant how one must look at history. Therefore the project focuses on Michel Foucault’s analysis and how exclusion for example has been seen throughout history. This is still relevant since there seems to be a distinction between ‘us’ and ‘them’. The consultancy Headspace tries to normalise and break down taboos about being healthy and sick plus normal and abnormal which is why this can be seen as a new discourse in society. Furthermore it is important how Giddens’ description of the postmodern society is, among other things, characterized by individualisation and how the individual must be reflective and constantly decide and create it’s own life story. Because of society’s constant pressure towards the individual this can affect how the individual may feel powerless. Therefore problems in the everyday life can seem bigger than before. This can have an impact on how it seems to be normal to talk about every day-problems inside the subject matter of pathology. Since there seem to be a tendency where it becomes more accepted to diagnose and treat medicinally, the project does not seem to have one simple understanding of how to understand the terms ‘normality’ and ‘pathology’. Because of this there occurs to be a borderline between the two terms. To make it easier to understand the differences between pathology and normality, it seems necessary to construct a new system of conceptual framework/terminology.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato13 jan. 2014
VejledereMaria Ørskov Akselvoll


  • normalitet
  • Galskab
  • Headspace
  • Patologi
  • diskurs
  • psykisk lidelse
  • Foucault
  • Giddens