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University of Helsinki

1. Rask, Heini. Puhetta politiikasta : Kuluttajapolitiikan valta- ja intressikamppailua Euroopan parlamentin näyttämöillä: Talking politics : The interest and power struggle of consumer politics in the European Parliament stages.

Degree: Department of Economics and Management; Helsingfors universitet, Agrikultur- och forstvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för ekonomi, 2014, University of Helsinki

This thesis investigates how consumer politics is portrayed speeches given by political players. The focus is on the positions of these players: what is the perspective of which the given speech comes from? I analyze what the given speech tells about the researched phenomenon and how the status distinction between the interviewer and the interviewee in addition to the dominating positions affect the given speech. The thesis is a qualitative research where the data is analyzed by using autoetnographic means. The data is based on my internship in the European Parliament during spring 2012 and conducted interviews with the players in the Parliament. In the analysis, rhetoric, argumentation and categorization are used as methods. In addition, theater metaphor is used to enliven the autoethographic data. The thesis focuses on the political field of consumer politics, its aims and how the role of the EU institutions affects forming it. The autoethnographic side of the thesis focuses on the Parliament´s consumer politics and its players. Furthermore, the thesis discusses how the Finnish consumer politics has formed to its present form as part of the Nordic’s consumer politics and finally, how it has integrated with the EU’s consumer politics. By utilizing autoethnography, researchers´ experiences and observations are used to observe the consumer policymaking on the backstage, its wings and power fields in the core of policymaking in the European Parliament. Also by using ethnography, the targets and motives behind players´ behavior portray working in the Parliament, its power and hierarchy structures, political game and influencing. The analysis describes the roles and behavior in consumer politics from stage players own interests. The given speech about consumer politics states through juxtapositions of the interest and power struggle on the different stages of the EU. Although the struggle is multifaceted, one may compress it into three interests: the common interest of the EU, party political and national. My research shows that the common interest is obscure and unclear to the players. Moreover, the party political interest remains unclear to the players and the differences between the political groups represented by the players are imprecise. In contrast, the national interests governed by the party political guidelines are well known. The national interest in consumer politics is clear, the players perceive it important and it is accepted to work for it. EU´s consumer policy programs have become longer in time in recent years. It might show that the sphere of consumer politics will become more marginal and that its weight will become lighter. Not only is there internal conflict of interests in European consumer politics but it also falls behind working for Internal Market.

Subjects/Keywords: kuluttajapolitiikka; intressikamppailu; valtakamppailu; vastakkainasettelu; tuotettu puhe; consumer politics; interest struggle; power struggle; juxtaposition; given speech; Konsumentekonomi; Consumer Economics; Kuluttajaekonomia

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APA (6th Edition):

Rask, H. (2014). Puhetta politiikasta : Kuluttajapolitiikan valta- ja intressikamppailua Euroopan parlamentin näyttämöillä: Talking politics : The interest and power struggle of consumer politics in the European Parliament stages. (Masters Thesis). University of Helsinki. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10138/44965

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Rask, Heini. “Puhetta politiikasta : Kuluttajapolitiikan valta- ja intressikamppailua Euroopan parlamentin näyttämöillä: Talking politics : The interest and power struggle of consumer politics in the European Parliament stages.” 2014. Masters Thesis, University of Helsinki. Accessed September 23, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10138/44965.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Rask, Heini. “Puhetta politiikasta : Kuluttajapolitiikan valta- ja intressikamppailua Euroopan parlamentin näyttämöillä: Talking politics : The interest and power struggle of consumer politics in the European Parliament stages.” 2014. Web. 23 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Rask H. Puhetta politiikasta : Kuluttajapolitiikan valta- ja intressikamppailua Euroopan parlamentin näyttämöillä: Talking politics : The interest and power struggle of consumer politics in the European Parliament stages. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Helsinki; 2014. [cited 2019 Sep 23]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/44965.

Council of Science Editors:

Rask H. Puhetta politiikasta : Kuluttajapolitiikan valta- ja intressikamppailua Euroopan parlamentin näyttämöillä: Talking politics : The interest and power struggle of consumer politics in the European Parliament stages. [Masters Thesis]. University of Helsinki; 2014. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/44965


University of Lund

2. Basic, Goran. Samverkan blir kamp. En sociologisk analys av ett projekt i ungdomsvården.

Degree: 2012, University of Lund

In this dissertation a collaboration project in Swedish youth care is analysed. The aim of the project was to enhance coordination between the Social Services and the Swedish National Board of Institutional Care in order to make the efforts more efficient. The project also employed a number of coordinators. The overall purpose of this dissertation is to analyse conflicts, alliances and comparisons identifiable in interviews and observations. The analytic findings are put into an overall “collaboration context” represented by earlier research on the social phenomenon of “collaboration”. In this way the dissertation tries to contribute to a sociological understanding of a contemporary widespread phenomenon. The empirical materials of the study consist of recorded conversational interviews with 147 project participants (youngsters, parents and various professional categories) as well as observations of meetings, informal get-togethers and visits to institutions, Social Services offices, the head office of the National Board of Institutional Care and coordinators. The material was analysed using the analytic perspectives of Georg Simmel (1950/1964), Theodore Caplow (1968) and Erving Goffman (1959/2004). The analysis shows that the project manifested and led to struggles between organizations involving representatives from the Social Services, the National Board of Institutional Care and the project, as well as to several interpersonal conflicts between representatives from various categories of involved professionals, and the youngsters and their parents. The study also shows that the client, in such human service organizations, faces a significant risk of being marginalized. Professionals who appreciated the collaboration often drew their conclusions based on their interaction with other professionals, but the collaboration did not guarantee a successful treatment of the client. Conflicts concerning the roles of the coordinators and their written documents (“the agreements”) emerged and were actualized through the creation of the project. The coordinators and their “agreements” can be seen as the project’s most visible representatives and symbols, which during the project become both themes for conflict and actualize already established conflict patterns. The youngsters and their parents appreciated the projects’ coordinators who appeared as personally involved and able to make concrete changes. However, many of youngsters and their parents criticized the coordinators and even portrayed a victim identity in relation to the project. The coordinator’s relationship with the youngsters and their parents was mostly characterized by passivity. This is clearly apparent in the analysis of the administrative and/or passive coordinator. Different alliance constellations became visible in these presentations. When the coordinator roles were altered in the description, the alliance constellations change. It is a common strategy for clients in human service organizations to try to enter into alliances with professionals involved in…

Subjects/Keywords: Sociologi (exklusive socialt arbete, socialpsykologi och socialantropologi); förklarande jämförelse; kamp; roll; konfliktintressepunkt; samverkan; projekt; samordnare; ungdom; dokument; co-ordination; document; subvention; sociologi; konflikt; allians; youngster; project; coordinator; triad; accounting through comparison; role; struggle; collaboration; alliance; conflict; sociology; conflict point of interest; team; dyad

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APA (6th Edition):

Basic, G. (2012). Samverkan blir kamp. En sociologisk analys av ett projekt i ungdomsvården. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Lund. Retrieved from http://lup.lub.lu.se/record/3129769 ; http://portal.research.lu.se/ws/files/5378952/3129801.pdf

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Basic, Goran. “Samverkan blir kamp. En sociologisk analys av ett projekt i ungdomsvården.” 2012. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Lund. Accessed September 23, 2019. http://lup.lub.lu.se/record/3129769 ; http://portal.research.lu.se/ws/files/5378952/3129801.pdf.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Basic, Goran. “Samverkan blir kamp. En sociologisk analys av ett projekt i ungdomsvården.” 2012. Web. 23 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Basic G. Samverkan blir kamp. En sociologisk analys av ett projekt i ungdomsvården. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Lund; 2012. [cited 2019 Sep 23]. Available from: http://lup.lub.lu.se/record/3129769 ; http://portal.research.lu.se/ws/files/5378952/3129801.pdf.

Council of Science Editors:

Basic G. Samverkan blir kamp. En sociologisk analys av ett projekt i ungdomsvården. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Lund; 2012. Available from: http://lup.lub.lu.se/record/3129769 ; http://portal.research.lu.se/ws/files/5378952/3129801.pdf


University of South Africa

3. Maree, Gert Hendrik. "Listen to our song listen to our demand" : South African struggle songs, poems and plays : an anthropological perspective .

Degree: 2011, University of South Africa

Proceeding from the premise that the meaning of performances flows from contextual, textual, and nonverbal elements, this dissertation explores layers of meaning arising from performances of selected South African struggle songs, poems and plays. In particular, it focuses on performances of the Mayibuye Cultural Group which functioned as an adaptive mechanism in the changing sociopolitical landscape of the 1980s and early 1990s, and on contemporary performances. The analysis of the songs, poems and play underscores the importance of nonverbal elements for the interpretation of performances, and proposes that performances functioned as debate and as a discursive presence in the public sphere. In particular, the performances glorified a masculine conception of the struggle and of South African society which highlighted the fragile gender politics in South Africa, and functioned as a vibrant mechanism for the expression of sanctioned criticism especially for the marginalised and for those at the fringes of power. Advisors/Committee Members: De Jongh, M. (Michael), 1943- (advisor), De Beer, F. C (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Interpretive anthropology; Mayibuye Cultural Group; Adaptive mechanism; Struggle poems; Gender equality; Women’s rights; Performance studies; Tembisa cultural group; Common interest association; Performance association; South Africa; Labour movement; Struggle songs; Songs as discursive presence; Umshini wami; Workshop play

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APA (6th Edition):

Maree, G. H. (2011). "Listen to our song listen to our demand" : South African struggle songs, poems and plays : an anthropological perspective . (Masters Thesis). University of South Africa. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5617

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Maree, Gert Hendrik. “"Listen to our song listen to our demand" : South African struggle songs, poems and plays : an anthropological perspective .” 2011. Masters Thesis, University of South Africa. Accessed September 23, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5617.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Maree, Gert Hendrik. “"Listen to our song listen to our demand" : South African struggle songs, poems and plays : an anthropological perspective .” 2011. Web. 23 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Maree GH. "Listen to our song listen to our demand" : South African struggle songs, poems and plays : an anthropological perspective . [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of South Africa; 2011. [cited 2019 Sep 23]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5617.

Council of Science Editors:

Maree GH. "Listen to our song listen to our demand" : South African struggle songs, poems and plays : an anthropological perspective . [Masters Thesis]. University of South Africa; 2011. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5617

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