The following thesis is a critical analysis of the Danish government's use of power and control during the corona crisis in Denmark with a special focus on how fear plays a significant part in managing the population. The thesis’ methodology draws on Michel Foucault's understanding of problematization, as a way to examine the coronavirus in another context than originally placed in, which reveals how the perception of corona is not a universal truth, but instead created by power relations. Additionally, the Foucauldian term dispositif is used to reveal a pattern in the way the danish government uses fear in order to control citizens, which results in the analysis uncovering the existence of a dispositif of fear. Lastly, the thesis sets out to discuss how the dispositif of fear actively seeks to restrict possibilities of resistance towards the government's use of fear as a way to legitimize extensive regulation of citizens' lives. Based on this, the thesis concludes that the dispositif of fear, and the way that it points out coronavirus as a major problem, legitimizes the Danish government's limitation on citizens self-realization and forces individuals to personally accept coresponsibility of controlling the coronavirus, all done through fearful management.
|Educations||MSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis|
|Number of pages||114|