Sundhedssamfundets normalisering i en socialpædagogisk praksis

Charlotte Lea Jensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project investigates how normalization takes form in a social pedagogic practice on a group home for people with autism and which meanings this gets for a single resident who struggles with health issues. To understand what the normalization is directed at, I choose, with inspiration from Ilona Kickbusch, to understand the current society as a health society. This health society in which the normalization takes place, can be under-stood through the concepts biopolitic and biological citizenship from Nikolas Rose and Michel Foucault, and through Georges Canguilhems concepts of the normal and the pathological. With these concepts I understand the health society as a society with spe-cific biopolitics and a specific form of biological citizenship, which sets forwards par-ticular understandings of social norms of the normal/healthy human, and norms of life about the normal/healthy body. This forms the way the pedagogues can work with health and the way the resident who are struggling with health issues can be a citizen. The resident with health issues is categorized as an unhealthy person from the perspec-tive of the professionals, but he does not understand himself as such. Because of this, he is not only problematic, but also abnormal. But is he capable of taking care of his own health if you take into consideration that he is mentally challenged, or do the peda-gogues need to take charge? Does this dilemma between self-determination and use of force gets any easier to handle if we understand it through the transformative empow-erment?

UddannelserSundhedsfremme og Sundhedsstrategier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato28 dec. 2017
Antal sider35
VejledereTrine Schifter Larsen


  • normalisering
  • sundhedssamfund
  • biopolitik
  • biologiske borgere
  • Canguilhem
  • Nikolas Rose
  • Socialpædagogik
  • autisme