The moral entrepreneurship of anti-khat campaigners in Sweden : a critical discourse analysis

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dc.contributor.author Nordgren, Johan en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-12T06:22:31Z
dc.date.available 2013-03-12T06:22:31Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1745-9265 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15204
dc.description.abstract Purpose – This article aims to analyse the discourse about khat in the Swedish newspaper media and to present the concept of moral entrepreneurship as a useful analytical tool for understanding mobilisation against khat use in the Somali diaspora. Design/methodology/approach – The material analysed consists of daily newspaper articles about khat published between 1986 and 2012. The method of analysis is inspired by the critical discourse analysis framework developed by Norman Fairclough. Drawing on Howard S. Becker's concept of moral entrepreneur, the article focuses on anti-khat campaigners who speak out against khat in the media. These are often representatives from Somali voluntary associations or organisations, who sometimes employ moral entrepreneurship. The article discusses these actors' role in framing khat use as a tangible threat to the Somali community in Sweden. Findings – When employing moral entrepreneurship, anti-khat campaigners spread a certain type of knowledge about khat that is presented to the general public via the media. The key issues that repeatedly are of concern are how khat destroys Somali families and how the use might spread to other groups. In this manner khat use is constructed as a threat to Somali social cohesion. The knowledge produced could potentially influence policy makers to introduce stricter punishments for possession, sale and use of khat, thereby possibly increasing stigma and marginalisation in relation to the Somali immigrant community. Originality/value – The literature about khat has pointed to the centrality of Somali organisations mobilising against khat in the diaspora. This article presents moral entrepreneurship as a theoretical tool to further the understanding of the mobilisation against khat and its use. en_US
dc.format.extent 8
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Emerald en_US
dc.subject khat en_US
dc.subject public policy en_US
dc.subject drugs en_US
dc.subject somali diaspora en_US
dc.subject moral entrepreneur en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title The moral entrepreneurship of anti-khat campaigners in Sweden : a critical discourse analysis en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Social Work (SA) en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/17459261311310817 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1745-9265&volume=13&issue=1&articleid=17083713&show=abstract en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Drugs and Alcohol Today;1
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 13 en_US
dc.format.ePage 27
dc.format.sPage 20
mahlocal.rights.oaType green
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