Codes of Power. Deconstruction of institutional discourses

Cveta Cvetkova

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


The text introduces the semiology as method in the analysis of Sociology as area of authoritarian social discourse. In opposition to an "empirical" description where the "fact" is described as if it was not "social" but a fact "of nature" the deconstruction of the Power discourse shows that the "fact" is produced as definition or description, i.e, the Power-discourse works as Code which through strict controls of human behaviour, thought and language "produces" a particular form of "Reality". Prisoners of this "hyperreality" the inmates of the State are blind for another kind of "reality" their existence resumed to a utilitarian code production and consumption lacks existential meanings and subjectivity. Their world is the small celular space of a Social Prison.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Sociology
  • [unknown], [unknown], Supervisor, External person
Award date1996 Jun 6
ISBN (Print)91-7966-374-5
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Defence details

Date: 1996-06-06
Time: 13:15
Place: Carolinasalen, Kungshuset

External reviewer(s)

Name: [unknown], [unknown]
Title: [unknown]
Affiliation: [unknown]


Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • Sociologi
  • Sociology
  • connotation
  • denotation
  • intertextuality
  • textuality
  • dialectics
  • Semiology
  • Sign
  • Code
  • Symbol


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