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Konsensus och personifierade konflikter: problembeskrivningar av äldreomsorg i svensk dagspress
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4540-5373
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2011 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 48, no 1, 5-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Consensus and personified conflicts: Representations of elderly care issues in Swedish newspapers Elderly care issues are commonly framed in public discourse. In mass media the representations of such issues are influenced by media logic. The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyse how elderly care issues were represented in three Swedish newspapers during the first half of 2007. How were the problems characterized? How were different actors characterized and which roles were they assigned? How are conflicts of interests described? Finally, we aim to discuss how media contribute to an understanding of the complexity of elderly care as a whole. Taken together, the articles do not provide a coherent picture. However, costs, quality of care and demographic issues were common themes. The elderly were commonly represented in personal narratives about. problems that occurred when they needed elderly care. The elderly in the future are projected as more active and demanding than the elderly today. The care workers were active voices in discussions about working conditions, but absent in discussions about their education and professional identity, which was an issue commonly advocated by politicians. Many issues were represented as conflicts between the individual elderly and the care system or between care workers and their employers. More elaborated discussions about how to prioritize between different needs and demands were rare. This can be seen as examples of how the media tends to use personification, simplification and polarization as means to tell interesting stories.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Sveriges sociologförbund , 2011. Vol. 48, no 1, 5-23 p.
Keyword [en]
elderly care, mass media, problems, Sweden
Keyword [sv]
äldreomsorg, problembeskrivning, socialpolitik
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Sociology; medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-35589ISI: 000289176300002OAI: diva2:345354
Available from: 2010-08-24 Created: 2010-08-24 Last updated: 2015-06-12Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Vad fattas äldreomsorgen?: Problembeskrivningar av äldreomsorg i det offentliga samtalet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vad fattas äldreomsorgen?: Problembeskrivningar av äldreomsorg i det offentliga samtalet
2009 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet. Institutionen för socialt arbete, 2009. 57 p.
Studier i socialt arbete vid Umeå universitet : avhandlings- och skriftserie, ISSN 0283-300X ; 61
äldreomsorg, problembeskrivningar, problemformuleringsprivilegium, offentligt samtal, problemdiskurser
National Category
Social Work
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-35591 (URN)978-91-7264-815-9 (ISBN)
2009-06-05, 13:00 (Swedish)
När vardagen blir till vetenskap, Vetenskapsrådet diarienr 2003-1283
Available from: 2010-09-08 Created: 2010-08-24 Last updated: 2014-10-07Bibliographically approved

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