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Title: Problematisations of youth, sex and risk in sexual health policy
Author: Cabezas Da Rosa, Manuela
ISNI:       0000 0004 6348 0355
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis tracks the process of how politics addresses the problem of youth sexual health by comparing policy texts from Sweden and England. The purpose is to seek new insights into how we are governed, following Foucault and his notion of ‘problematisation’. The analysis tracks the objectives and effects of power, revealing the kind of techniques, knowledges and mechanisms that make youth sexual health an intelligible and legitimate problem for policy. The research questions are: How is youth sexual health problematised in Swedish and English policy texts? And how do the English and Swedish problematisations of youth sexual health compare in terms of similarities and differences and how can these be understood? The analysis reveals a shared biopolitical problematisation in the Swedish and English texts, inspired by neoliberal aspirations of how to govern youth through freedom. Analytically, this can be described as a common governmentalised problem-space. However, the analysis also highlights the specificity of the effects of biopolitics, highlighting the contingent constellations of power emerging within each empirical context of youth sexual health, as biopolitics expands. Further, the frame of biopolitics proves particularly useful for comparative analysis as it bridges across empirical context revealing the systemic character of how biopower orders and administers the living, while also capturing local differences that allow meaningful theorisations on how youth sexual health is problematised in policy texts.
Supervisor: Maguire, Margaret Mary Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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