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Dismantling discourses: compassion, coping and consumption in journalistic representations of the working class

Författare och institution:
Diana Jacobsson (Institutionen för journalistik, medier och kommunikation (JMG)); Mats Ekström (Institutionen för journalistik, medier och kommunikation (JMG))
Publicerad i:
Critical Discourse Studies, 13 ( 4 ) s. 379-396
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
ABSTRACT The aim of this study is to investigate empirically how workers and other ordinary citizens are represented in the news during crises in the Swedish labor market in two different political contexts: the textile industry crisis in the 1970s and the automobile industry crisis in the 2010s. The study suggests that journalism constructs dismantling discourses by focusing on the three main themes of compassion, coping, and consumption in the representation of the working class. The news discourses close down rather than open up possibilities of agency for the workers as hoping, coping, and shopping seem to be the only alternatives available for them in times of crisis. Based on this empirical study, we seek to highlight the relationship between the news discourse, power, and ideology. We also put forward the question of whether journalism could do their construction of crisis differently. We claim that journalism and journalism studies need a discussion about what are the possible perspectives and the dead discourses when journalism constructs a story.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
Working class, representations; journalistic discourses; crisis; compassion, coping, consumption
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Posten skapad:
2015-12-16 10:44
Posten ändrad:
2016-09-20 13:04

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