Tilblivelsen og tilværelsen som gymnasieelev - et perspektiv på mistrivsel blandt gymnasieelever

Sandie Jensen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


In this thesis I explore the discursive and social conditions that frame the genesis and life as a danish high-school student. The purpose of the thesis is to present a perspective on distress amongst high-school students that neither reduces the distress to a question of objective conditions nor reduces it to a question of subjective capacities. I explore the stories about the high- school student and the lives of the high school student in the danish media, asking how the high- school student is portrayed and discussing which implications these constructions of the high-school student might entail. In short, I explore the available ressources for self-interpretation and the potential implications of these. The theoretical framework of the thesis is formed on the basis of Brinkmann’s concept of identity, Margaret Wetherell & Jonathan Potter’s (1987) discourse psychology and Wolfang Iser’s (1981) theory of reception. I conclude that the ways in which the stories about the lives of high-school students construct the high-school student, including the normative ideals that these constructions entail and along with the available discursive ressources, can be problematic as ressources of self-interpretation. Thus, this thesis contributes a perspective on distress amongst high-school students that might form the basis of more elaborate and varied explorations of the available socio-cultural ressources for self-interpretation.

UddannelserDansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato28 jul. 2016
VejledereLasse Horne Kjældgaard & Karl-Henrik Jørgensen


  • selvfortolkning
  • diskurspsykologi
  • receptionsæstetik
  • identitet