Robert Ohlsson, Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik, Stockholms universitet

Robert Ohlsson


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Works at Department of Education
Telephone 08-120 763 03
Visiting address Frescativägen 54
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Postal address Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik 106 91 Stockholm


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2017. Robert Ohlsson. Health

    Mass media plays a central role in shaping public discourse on health and illness. In order to examine media representations of mental health and expert knowledge in this field, two major Swedish daily newspapers from the year 2009 were qualitatively analysed. Drawing on the theory of social representations, the analysis focused on how issues concerning mental health and different perspectives are represented. The results show how the concept of mental illness is used in different and often taken-for-granted ways and how the distinction between normal and pathological is a central underlying question. Laypersons’ perspectives are supplemented by views of professionals in the newspapers, where signs of confidence and dependence on expert knowledge are juxtaposed with critique and expressions of distrust. The newspaper discourse thus has salient argumentative features and the way that conflicts are made explicit and issues concerning authoritative knowledge are addressed indicates ambivalence towards the authoritative role of expert knowledge concerning mental health. In this way, the newspapers provide a complex epistemic context for everyday sense-making that can be assumed to have implications for relations between laypersons and professionals in the field of mental health.

  • 2016. Robert Ohlsson. Papers on Social Representations 25 (1), 12.1-12.24

    The theory of social representations has been applied in empirical research that examines shared understandings of mental illness in different communities. Another line of inquiry, drawing on a number of theoretical perspectives, has dealt with the functions of diagnosis in everyday sense-making regarding mental problems. This paper suggest how the theoretical model of social representation can be extended in order to account for representation as interactive sense-making in which diagnostic concepts serve as a mediating resource. An empirical study of discourse in self-help groups with people sharing experiences of mental health problems is used to explore the role of diagnosis in establishing shared understandings and identity. It is argued that when diagnoses are anchored in lay knowledge, they acquire new meaning potentials and serve new functions for representation that have ontological, epistemological, and moral dimensions.

  • 2012. Robert Ohlsson. Dialogen som idé och praktik, 103-162
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Last updated: February 15, 2018

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