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Urban Catastrophe and Sheltered Salvation: The media system of Swedish civil defence, 1937–1960
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0080-3324
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8820-1082
2018 (English)In: Media History, ISSN 1368-8804, E-ISSN 1469-9729Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The Swedish civil defence organizations have a long tradition of balancing their messages to the public through diverse media use. Over the course of the early Cold War, however, the political and technical circumstances of the civil defence organizations changed, rendering old methods from the 1930s obsolete. To keep their relevance, the narratives of the civil defence organizations had to be carefully remodelled in accordance with the current situation, obscuring some facts while stressing others more clearly. By operationalizing the concept of media system, this article examines how the Swedish civil defence organizations used the media, broadly defined, to deal with the two main narratives that their practical work was based upon: urban destruction as war unfolds, and the safety of air-raid shelters. The article shows how these narratives were constructed and connected between various media, but also their changing and dynamic character over time. Over the course of the 1940s and 1950s, the narrative of urban destruction changed from a concrete to an abstract mediation, while the narrative of sheltered salvation took an opposite direction.

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Civil defence, media system, air raid shelter, Second World War, Cold War, cultural history, nuclear culture, fallout shelter, atomic age
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medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-150239DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2018.1491792OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-150239DiVA, id: diva2:1234071
Available from: 2018-07-22 Created: 2018-07-22 Last updated: 2018-07-31

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