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Representations of Trans People in Swedish Newspapers
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Umeå University. (DIGSUM)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5028-0408
2019 (English)In: Journalism Studies, ISSN 1461-670X, E-ISSN 1469-9699, Vol. 20, no 9, p. 1319-1338Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses the discursive representations of trans people in 15,901 mainstream Swedish newspaper articles between 2000 and 2017 using topic modelling and critical discourse analysis. Drawing from critical perspectives on gender it was found that the articles to various degree assisted in maintaining heteronormativity. The discursive strategies employed by the journalists included trivialisation of trans expressions as dress-up and incorporation of them within binary stereotypes. Trans people were also excluded and deemed as deviant in some articles through insensitive gender descriptions and descriptions. Through the voices of experts, trans people were silenced and pathologized and while some representations of trans people were meant to empower, and offered a slightly less rigid view on gender, these articles too reinforced heteronormativity through continuous referral to binary gender.

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Routledge, 2019. Vol. 20, no 9, p. 1319-1338
Keywords [en]
Cisnormativity, critical discourse analysis, heteronormativity, news media, Sweden, topic modelling, trans people, transgender people
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Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152322DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2018.1513816ISI: 000469034100006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-152322DiVA, id: diva2:1252701
Available from: 2018-10-02 Created: 2018-10-02 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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