Sundhedsdiskursen i Københavns Kommune: The health discourse in Copenhagen

Julie Eline Holm Lange, Kristoffer Oskar Kastoft & Silje Amalie Eikeland Rose

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines how a health discourse is articulated in the policy formulation of Længe Leve København, and in the health consultation at two prevention centres in the municipality of Copenhagen. The design of this project is build upon the three dimensions of Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis. Fairclough establishes three dimensions of a discourse analysis; the discursive dimension, the text and the social practice. In the dimension of the discursive practice we examine how Længe Leve København is formulated as a policy. It is concluded that the formulation of the policy is created in a policy-network. Through an analysis of the hearing, we found that the involved organisations had an influence on the formulation of the final health policy. This project identifies several places in the final health policy, in which it is evident that the hearing-answers affected the final policy-formulation. This project furthermore concluded that the strategies implemented in order to prevent certain illnesses can be characterized as high-risk- and mass-strategies. In the text dimension it is concluded how specific words and equivalence chains are used to articulate a positive health discourse. It is supplemented by a holistic comprehension of health throughout the policy. In the health policy Længe Leve København, it was found that the ruling health understanding was based on the biomedical health understanding, given that the KRAM-factors were used as a measure for health. Finally this project discusses which problems the use of the two strategies can lead to. We found that stigmatization is a consequence of the use of high-risk-strategies. The question is thus whether the health policy should accept stigmatization if it leads to a reduction of health inequality. Furthermore this project highlights the question of whether citizens of Copenhagen have a choice to be healthy or if the policy is an exercise of power.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2015
VejledereKristina Kryger Hansen


  • Goffman
  • Faircloughs Kritisk diskursanalyse
  • Stigmatisering
  • Selvteknologi
  • Den motiverende samtale
  • Styringsteknikker
  • Foucault