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Sverige och smygrasismen: En retorisk analys av ämnena integration och invandring i svensk press
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Sweden and the hidden racism : A rhetorical analysis of the topics of integration and immigration in the Swedish press (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to investigate how three Swedish news publications writes about integration and immigrants. The news articles were analyzed with a rhetorical analysis. The method was supplemented with theories of media and ethnicity, agenda setting theory and gatekeeping theory. This study resulted in the conclusion that racist discourses are found in the three news publications, regardless of political color, writer or article genre. Many of the articles makes a clear division of "us and them", where "them" is defined by the text's "us", who are often Swedes. "Them" is described by the attributes that ”us” don't want to be associated with. Immigrants are often portrayed as victims of their culture or as a threat to Western society. There is also a clear link between immigrants, Islam and Muslims irrespective of where the immigrants come from. The articles on integration continues to talk of immigrants as a unified group but these articles are accusing politicians and organizations to a greater extent, for the integration problematics. Both topics are discussed mainly on the basis of values and feelings and statistics showing the whole context is missing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Agenda setting theory, Swedish newspapers, racism, us and them, Avpixlat
Keyword [sv]
Dagordningsteorin, Svensk press, rasism, vi och dom, Avpixlat
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101717OAI: diva2:801432
Educational program
Programme in Media and Communication Studies: Strategic Communication
Available from: 2015-04-10 Created: 2015-04-09 Last updated: 2015-04-10Bibliographically approved

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