Psykopaten i samfundet - Diskursen og dens dilemmaer

Stine Busk Bisgaard, Emma Holmgaard, Asta Johanne Jørgensen, Natasha Hedegaard Dahl, Mathias Mouridsen, Sandra Memaran Torbati & Jonas Grut Chorchendorff Jensen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This paper examines the discourse surrounding the term "psychopath" in Danish media. We seek to determine which discourse is upheld in three chosen empirics, as well as discuss which potential issues this discourse may cause. By using Norman Fairclough's three-dimensionel model for critical discourse analysis, Michel Foucault's power relations, as well as discourse, bio power, regimes of truth and counter-power and Gramsci's hegemony we will be dwelling into books like Henrik Day Poulsen's Everyday Living Psychopaths and Sanne Udsen’s Psychopaths in Suits, as well as the ALT for damerne article "I was a 100 percent sure I was going to die". Furthermore, we will include the history of handling the mentally ill, to obtain a perspective into the discussion, with sources coming from Michel Foucault’s Madness and Insanity: History of Madness in the Classical Age and The Confusion Over Psycopathy (I): Historical Considerations, as well as Danish organizations like “Galebevægelsen” and “LAP” fighting for the same civil rights for mentally ill people in the society.
Based on our discourse analysis we conclude that the discourse in the chosen empiricism is mainly negative. As argued for in our discussion this can be seen as an example of a general society discourse, which creates a condescending stigmatization towards people with Anti-Social Personality Disorder. The negative discourse that is manufactured in the three texts thus contributes to the general thought that people diagnosed with ASPD aren’t as normal as the rest of the population. This, we feel, leads to a general negative discourse in our community which we find problematic regarding how people with ASPD is treated as dangerous outsiders in the Danish society.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2018
VejledereClara Ina Severin Steensen