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Ass grabbing in Swedens largest music competition - the signification of sexual harassment.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Rumpgrepp i Sveriges största musiktävling : betydelsen av sexuella trakasserier (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This study has its focus on how an event in the Swedish version of Eurovision Song Contest is interpreted and how it creates meaning to the concept of sexual harassments. What is analysed in this study was how sexual harassments as a concept was described in a Swedish television show.


The chosen theoretical framework was power relations, the social representations theory, gender theory and thematisation.

By using these theories, the role that the media and the represented people within this context had in terms of their interpretation of the event, has been clarified. In order to make the results easy to overlook, thematisation was the best way to process the working material of this study.


The chosen method was critical discourse analysis because of its ability to create themes within a certain context. These themes tells us what specific details that are meaningful for our interpretation of the chosen study.


In this study, different themes pointing towards identity and power structures was revealed as important to the understanding and interpretation of sexual harassment.

The conclusions that were made was that who we are, and what relation we have to others, is intimately linked to the interpretation of acts. Therefore, the discourse of sexual harassment is created by these themes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
sexual harassment, power relations, social representations theory, critical discourse analysis
National Category
Humanities Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85369OAI: diva2:692956
Educational program
Programme in Media and Communication Studies
Available from: 2014-02-10 Created: 2014-02-03 Last updated: 2014-02-10Bibliographically approved

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