Skyggen af velfærdsstaten

Cecilie Uhre, Rasmus Stochflet, Filip Harvey & Mathies Dalsgaard

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The purpose of this project, is to provide insight and try to explain the historical treatment of the mentally ill in a sociological and medical perspective, as well as the discourse leading to the Danish Socialreform from 1933 and the consequences this would have for the mentally ill thereafter. To accomplish this, we have used Michel Foucault and Zygmund Bauman to grasp the theoretical aspects regarding the alienation of certain demographics in a society and the treatment of institutionalised individuals. Furthermore, literature from several writers have been used to shine light on the history of Danish social politics and medical history. We have also collected contemporary sources by locating newspaper articles from the 1920’s-1930’s as well as conducting an interview with a former residing nurse at Sankt Hans, a former institution for the mentally ill. We have observed that there for centuries have been some form of anxiety or fear of the anomalies in a society and that this fear has been an important factor in the propagation of mental illnesses as a cultural phenomena. Because of this alienation, medical treatments have generally focused on pacifying the patient with cure of the condition being a secondary objective. Although both the sociological and medicinal treatment of the mentally ill were probably meant with good intentions for the order of society, the inhumane treatment of an entire demographic did not correlate with the progressions meant to be achieved with the Socialreform of 1933

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato14 jun. 2016
VejledereJørgen Rafn


  • skyggesiden
  • socialreformen
  • hvide snit
  • sindslidelser
  • Bauman
  • Steincke
  • Foucault
  • 1933