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  • 1.
    Alsbäck, Marie K
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Teacher Education, Child and Youth Education, Special Education, and Counselling.
    Täljeblad, Elaine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Teacher Education, Child and Youth Education, Special Education, and Counselling.
    Hur kommunicerar man i skolan utan verbalt tal?2007Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I denna studie är syftet att undersöka hur kommunikationen fungerar för ett barn, i detta fall en flicka, som har diagnosen Cerebral pares, och dessutom saknar verbalt tal. Vi vill även undersöka hur skolan har lagt upp sin strävan att uppfylla läroplanens mål genom att inkludera en elev med ett funktionshinder. De frågor vi avsåg att besvara med studien var: Använder man med någon speciell metod för att stödja kommunikationen hos ett barn som har diagnosen Cerebral pares, och som saknar verbalt tal? Vilka fördelar respektive nackdelar finns för denna elev med att gå i en vanlig klass? Våra metoder består av observationer av eleven i olika miljöer i skolan samt intervjuer med tio personer där de intervjuade har god kännedom om den funktions¬hindrades kommunikativa förmåga. Fallstudien genomfördes på en skola i en kommun i norra Sverige. Resultatet av studien visar att metoden Move and Walk fungerar bra för denna flicka. Det framkom även i studien att elevassistenten har en viktig funktion för att stödja flickans kommunikativa utveckling. Vidare visade resultatet på att det fanns både fördelar och nackdelar för det aktuella barnet med att gå i vanlig klass. Den stora fördelen är att ett gott samspel kan utvecklas mellan flickan och klasskamraterna. De nackdelar som framkommit är bland annat att det höga tempot i skolan gör att barnet ibland har svårt att hinna med de aktiviteter som andra barn, utan detta handikapp, lättare klarar av.

  • 2.
    Andersson, Camilla
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Hastily Formed Networks och lokal egenmakt: En fallstudie utifrån implementeringen av en proaktiv katastrofledning i Indonesien2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The overall aim of this thesis is to, through a case study of a local disaster organization, study the prerequisites for building functional Hastily Formed Networks in disasters and also how HFN:s can be linked to a proactive disaster organization.The study looks upon HFN:s from the organizational, cognitive aspects of communication – not the network/information technology – and focus on the issue of local empowerment. To set the theoretical framework the thesis makes use of Peter Senge's model on learning organization, Karl Weicks organizational and communication theory of microlevels in systems, commitment and enactment. The method is a case study with interviews and field observation of a proactive disaster organization in Indonesia, in the Sultanate of Yogyakarta on Java. The results shows that Yogyakarta is actively working with a model to take advantage of the experience from earlier catastrophes, spread the learnings to other, integrate community in the learning and trying to build local empowerment including a bottom-up approach. In the interviews topics raised as important to create a good collaboration in a HFN are: 1) Provide local leaders with professional support and coordination based on a common vision. 2) Establishing local empowerment and common visions. 3) Development of the organization and individuals. 4) The need for formal and informal structures and communication. 5) Need for local mandate for coordination and increased competence in local management. The themes all deal with challenges for HFN:s, presented in earlier research, and link strongly to Senge’s theoretical model for learning organization, trying to build trust and also micro committment for uncertain periods. This contributes to the capacity to be prepared for the unprepared.

  • 3.
    Appelgren, Ester
    et al.
    Södertörns högskola.
    Sara, Leckner
    Malmö högskola.
    Mejtoft, Thomas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Mediekonsumentens medvetna och omedvetna val: en nyckel till morgondagens mediekonsumtion2014In: Medie-Sverige: statistik och analys. 2014 / [ed] Ulla Carlsson & Ulrika Facht, Göteborg: Nordicom, 2014, p. 29-37Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 4.
    Bergsten, Lisa
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Karlsson, Julia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Som man ropar får man svar: En jämförande fallstudie om hur två organisationer med hjälp av kommunikativa strategier arbetar med sina arbetsgivarvarumärken2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: "You get what you ask for” - A comparative study of two organizations and how they,

    with the help of communicative strategies, work with their employer brands.

    The purpose of this study was to compare how two organizations use communication

    strategies as a part of their employer brand strategy. The study is based on the fact that today

    it has become increasingly important for organizations to work with their employer brands.

    Globalisation has led to new competitive situations for organizations and therefore the need

    for communication has increased. The two organizations in this study have different

    preconditions regarding recruitment. One organization is a part of the public sector and

    has large recruitment needs. The other organization is smaller and privately owned and do

    not have the same recruitment needs. The study also aims to identify if the communication

    strategies differ depending on the differences between the organizations and how much

    competition there is for jobs. To succeed with this, theories related to marketing,

    organizational theory, organizational culture and organizational communication was used.

    Semi-structured interviews were conducted and six employees were interviewed.

    The analysis showed that both organizations thought it was important to work with their

    employer brands but they worked in different ways to strengthen them. One organization had

    a stated strategy and the other had not. One thing both organizations had in common was that

    they considered their employees to be important assets, but they worked a little different to

    strengthen their organizational cultures. In the external communication one organization were

    more cautious while the other organization argued that they needed to be more daring to be

    able to strenghten their employer brand. The result indicates that the strategies differ between

    the organizations. The difference is mostly due to the different preconditions the

    organizations had right from the start. The fact that one is part of the public sector and the

    other one is a private organization is a thing that matters. Their sizes and their different

    working areas also influence their work with the employer brand.

    Keywords: Employer branding, organizational theory, organizational communication,

    marketing, word of mouth, Backhaus and Tikoo

  • 5.
    Billing, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
    Simulation of Corticospinal Interaction for Motor Control2004Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 6.
    Carlsson, Eric
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Digitaliseringens logiker: teknik, marknad och demokrati i lokaljournalistik och politik2015In: Digital politik: sociala medier, deltagande och engagemang / [ed] Eric Carlsson, Bo Nilsson och Simon Lindgren, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2015, p. 133-149Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Carlsson, Eric
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Technologies of participation: community news and social media in northern Sweden2016In: Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism, ISSN 1464-8849, E-ISSN 1741-3001, Vol. 17, no 8, p. 1113-1128Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article explores how different meanings of 'participation' are developed in the intersection between local journalism and social media. The study is based on qualitative interviews with media professionals working in community media organisations in northern Sweden. Three key themes are identified: participation as marketisation, participation and production, and participation and democracy. This article discusses how these three different forms of participation contribute to the constitution of journalistic identities in a local context and to its meanings within the media sphere in general. This article argues that the emergence of new digital media has not so much renewed the role of the media professional as it has led to a cementing of their professional identity. Social media are a necessity for the development of journalism and are celebrated for their potential to include audiences; yet journalists paradoxically seem to consider these same technologies of participation as a threat, not only to journalism but also to democracy.

  • 8.
    Dahlberg-Grundberg, Michael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Technology as movement: on hybrid organizational types and the mutual constitution of movement identity and technological infrastructure in digital activism2016In: Convergence. The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, ISSN 1354-8565, E-ISSN 1748-7382, Vol. 22, no 5, p. 524-542Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    New communication technologies bring about new ways for political groups and movements to mobilize and organize. A consequence of this might be that established interpretations of and attitudes towards social movements may have to be revisited, for example, when it comes to their internal constitution and their modes of working. This interview case study looks at the digital activist cluster Telecomix and its interventions during the Arab Spring. The study addresses how the network used technological and communicational infrastructures and platforms and how it was organizationally affected by these. By using concepts such as ‘one media bias’, ‘media ecology’, ‘hybridity’ and ‘cognitive praxis’, the article aims to conceptualize how the identity of a movement and its technological infrastructure mutually constitute each other.

  • 9.
    Doverby, Elin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Olsson, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Du är vad du köper: En kritisk diskursanalys av IKEAs serie Vad gafflar ni om?2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Our modern society is based on a culture of consumption, where individuals are in an on- going search for self-realization through consumption. But in a society with buzz a of commercials and information, a society where media users are getting more critical towards commercialized messages it’s harder for companies to be heard. To be heard, companies need to create messages that their customers choose to listen to. Content marketing is a marketing strategy that aims to do just that.

    The purpose with this study is to get a deeper understanding of content marketing as a phenomenon within a consumption society by studying IKEAs series Vad gafflar ni om?. The study has a starting point in Bauman’s theories about consumption life, Giddens theories about the reflexive self, Jenkins theories about convergence culture and Faircloughs critical discourse analysis.

    The critical discourse analysis was made through Faircloughs three-dimensional conception of discourse, which is a model consisting a linguistic analysis of the text, the discourse practise and the social practice. To get a deeper insight in the reception of the text, qualitative interviews with text consumers where also made. The result of the analysis showed that different types of identities and norms where presented by IKEA in the series, which all could be achieved through consumption. The text consumer is most likely influenced by the ideology consumerism, which can be why they agree with how IKEA present different identities. IKEA presents a narrow image of the typical swede, where that are presumed to be middle class and own their own house. A distinct promotion discourse could not be identified, although a consumption discourse was identified throughout the series. The text consumers felt that the content was mostly entertaining and educating, which could be the result of the non-exiting promotional discourse but also the use of an entertaining-genre. The text consumers were also positively disposed by the content that can be, in comparison to Grusells study, because they choose to see it by themselves. 

  • 10.
    Dunkels, Elza
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
    Lüders, Marika
    Bae Brandtzæg, Petter
    Risky contacts2009In: Kids online: opportunities and risks for children / [ed] Livingstone, Sonia & Haddon, Leslie, London: Policy Press , 2009Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Eckeskog, Linn
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Kommunikation i förskolan: förskollärares och barnskötares kommunikation med föräldrar i ett digitaliserat medielandskap2019Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The overall aim of this doctoral thesis is to study communication work among personnel in Swedish pre-schools, with a particular focus on mediated communication with parents. The purpose is also to analyse what roles are given to the professionals in this communication, to identify what subject positions are constructed and to identify how boundaries are managed within the communication practices.

    The primary theoretical framework of the thesis is social constructivism and symbolic interactionism. The pre-school organisation and identities are regarded as in a perpetual state of becoming and changes in the media landscape are viewed as rearranging the preconditions for communication practices. Technical innovations are regarded as social products at both ends. Results build upon observations in five pre-schools, interviews with 32 pre-school employees and multimodal analysis of communication material directed to parents. Additional interviews and document studies were conducted in the form of a case study, in order to gain knowledge of the implementation of a digital learning platform.

    The study shows that the communication environments differ between pre-schools, e.g. concerning how and which mediums are used. Several obstacles to communication are identified, of which many (but not all) are related to the socioeconomic status of parents. Within the mediated communication, pre-school personnel to some extent position themselves as experts concerning practical and pedagogical questions, whilst parents are positioned as actors in need of guidance. A major function of mediated communication is assigning parents’ responsibilities in relation to the pre-school, along with norms regarding what constitutes the “good” (pre-school) parent. Boundary work in relation to parents is conducted using different modalities, used for hedging but also for establishing professional positions. Digitalisation appears as a negative force when introduced top-down, without regards to the needs, previous practices and preconditions within a particular pre- school; but as a positive force when initiated by the professionals themselves and when responding to particular needs within specific pre-schools. As expectations on digitalisation in pre-schools increase, questions of preconditions and communication skills grow in prominence.

    Although expectations on pre-school professionals’ communication skills are high, communication with parents is not sufficiently acknowledged as part of the actual work in pre-schools. A sign of (and reasons for) the under prioritisation of communication work is the uneven and arbitrary preconditions for communicating, in the forms of relevant education, time and technical equipment. The lack of resources can be connected to three issues: A working environment issue (discrepancy between expectations and preconditions), a democratic issue (communication being random rather than planned/ considered) and a professional issue (multimodal communication not reflecting the professional identity that informants strive towards).

    Communication with parents (and surrounding society) needs to be acknowledged as part of the work in pre-school, and the personnel need to be given the necessary skills and conditions for communication, in order to provide equality of ac- cess to the parents, but also to give personnel the possibilities of communicating about and reflecting the pre-school organisation as they know it.

  • 12.
    Edmark, Sofie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Vad associeras egentligen med begreppet feminism?: En kvantitativ och kvalitativ studie av hur begreppet och identiteten feminism porträtteras i tidningarna Aftonbladet och Nyheter24.2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Feminism is a concept that stands for equality and it is being lively discussed in both political, private and media spheres. As a concept that is so discussed and that is essential in the fight for equality between men and women, it is essential to study what is connected to it. The aim with this study was to examine how the concept feminism and the identity feminist were being illustrated and constructed in the newspaper Aftonbladet and newssite Nyheter24. The methods for the study were quantitative content analysis and critical discourse analysis. The focus of the study was to see what was connected to the concept feminism, how different subjects were connected to it and in which context it was discussed. The theories that were used were social constructivism, discourses, the agenda setting theory, framing theory, binary oppositions, gender and previous research about feminism in media.

    In both the quantitative and qualitative analysis there were two discourses that defined feminism, and in the qualitative analysis we can also see a discourse around the identity feminist. The first discourse around the concept feminism was one that equated it with equality. It also painted it as a thing that you should have an opinion about, a movement that was connected to politics and society. Generally it gave the concept of equality a more political meaning with its descriptions.

    The other discourse around the concept feminism, which challenged the other one, was one that painted feminism as a sexist, hypocritical and men hating movement. The discourse separated feminism and equality, and while the people in the articles stood for equal rights between men and women, they were against feminism. The discourse also suggested that you could be a feminist the wrong way, at least if you were a man.

    The discourse around the identity feminist, that was explored in the qualitative analysis, showed the biggest difference between the news platforms. In both sources the feminist was described as a woman and almost never as a man or non-binary. In Nyheter24 the feminist was passive and a victim. In Aftonbladet the discourse was a bit more divided. It described the feminist as active and it included men in a more in a positive light. But when the female feminist was compared to a man it was suddenly described as passive.

  • 13.
    Edmark, Sofie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Vi gillar olika - eller gör vi verkligen det?: - En diskursanalys av Aftonbladets kampanj "Vi gillar olika".2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Culture, orgin and identity are hot topics that are being discussed everywhere, for example in newspapers, lunchrooms and on Twitter. Politicians, media and ordinary people have displayed different antiracist acts, for example campaigns, marches and political actions.

    But you may wonder if it really is that effective, or if the antiracism reproduces racism with its language. The purpose of this study is to see if articles from the newspaper Aftonbladet's antiracist campaign ”We like different!” reproduces racism through its language.

    The method that is used is discourse analysis, more specific Chantal Laclau och Ernesto Mouffes discourse theory. The theories the study relies on are race, racism, framing, racism in news, binary oppositions, stereotypes, whiteness and orientalism.

    Two discourses were found in the material, ”We like different” and ”We like the same”. The most central piece in the ”We like different”-discourse is ”different”, which is associated with other origins than Swedish and different skincolor than white. ”Swedish” and ”white” are instead connected to ”the same”. ”Different” is portrayed as “the other”, the negative part of an binary opposition against ”the same”. ”We” is an identity the articles gives ”We like different” and is a dominant part of a binary opposition against ”them”. The identity ”immigrant” also exists in the discourse and is build as a stereotype.

    ”We like the same” is given a ”them” identity. ”Racism” is a central piece in the discourse and is associated with categorizing humans after ”race”. ”The Swedendemocrats” is build as an identity, and is connected to ”ignorance”, ”judging people after the color of their skin” and ”cold”. ”The voters of the Swedendemocrats” is described in a different way than the party itself. The peoples responsibility is taken away and they are instead connected to ”dissatisfaction” and that they ”don't understand” what they are voting for. 

  • 14.
    Fernqvist, Fredrik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Lindkvist, Christer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Bemötande online: En analys av kommunikation på anonyma och icke anonyma forum utifrån Amanda Todds berättelse2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 15.
    Ferrada Stoehrel, Rodrigo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    The mediation of affect: security, fear and subversive hope in visual culture2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The overarching purpose of this study has been to problematise how visual practices and the mediation of affect is linked to the capacity to produce (new) perceptual realities, sensations and imaginaries, ultimately aiming to legitimate or counter-legitimate the hegemonic discourses and practices mobilised in the name of security. The first part of my thesis approaches this matter through an analysis of media cultures and discursive systems circulating within the court and the state military. Here, I discuss the impact of affect in the judicial-policial production of visible evidence (paper 1; published in the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law) and the state military (visual) narrative of threat (paper 2; published in MedieKultur: Journal of media and communication research). Additionally, as affect runs counter to hegemonic power relations as well as reinforces them, the second part of my thesis focuses on the way in which different resistance collectives cultivate affective dimensions through aesthetic practices in order to foster political attitudes that contest the established discourses of the (in)secure. Here, I examine the online activist group Anonymous’ visual political communication (paper 3; published in TripleC - Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society), and the Spanish movement Podemos’ visual and verbal discursive strategies (paper 4; forthcoming in Cultural Studies). In terms of theoretical and methodological approaches, I have my roots in, among others, Mouffe’s (2005) notion of conflict and (political) affect, Foucault’s (1980) concept of power/knowledge, and Thompson’s (1984; 1990) three-dimensional framework of ideology- analysis. In paper 1, my findings suggest that camera-produced images and technical and dramaturgical elements may have unintentional judicial consequences when they are read as evidence. I detail how this production of visible evidence can potentially stimulate and elicit emotional reaction, as well as discussing the degree to which pictorial crime evidence fails to be an instrumental and neutral representation of truth. In paper 2, my findings point in the direction where the military representation of the ‘Other as threat’ connects to aspects of economic globalisation and the (inter)national production of defence materiel. In article 3 (co-authored with Lindgren 2014) my findings suggest that citizen participation in public matters can be made engaging through the mobilisation of that which Anonymous calls ‘the lulz’; a tickling joy/pleasure (also, a sense of meaningfulness) of standing against power abuse through, for example, online direct action and culture jamming practices. Paper 4 explores the relationship between the affective and the visual using a broader security framework. Here, my findings indicate that Podemos’ discursive battle for social protection and economic security in a context of the crisis of political representation, is no longer framed through the traditional left-right conflict, but within the post- ideological (affective) articulation of ‘the new’ versus ‘the old’ and/or other discursive differences. I show how affect works as a potential for social change, by analysing the strategic production of a ‘We-Them’ discourse using Podemos’ take on social media and the media logic of mainstream television.

  • 16.
    Ferrada Stoehrel, Rodrigo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    The regime’s worst nightmare: the mobilisation of citizen democracy. A study of Podemos’ (aesthetic) populism and production of affect in political discourse2017In: Cultural Studies, ISSN 0950-2386, E-ISSN 1466-4348, Vol. 31, no 4, p. 543-579Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In spite of not even being officially registered three months before the European Parliament Elections of 2014, the Spanish upstart party Podemos captured almost 8 percent of the vote, while barely nine months after its formation, in October 2014, social surveys were citing the party as the leading force in national politics. The overall purpose of this paper is to explore how Podemos’ aesthetic and its discursive strategies are being used to mobilize affect and create collective identities in the battle for political hegemony in Spain. I argue in dialogue with Laclau [2005. On populist reason. London: Verso], Errejón and Mouffe [2016. Podemos: in the name of the people. London: Lawrence & Wishart] that: (a) the articulation of a new political grammar and discursive conflicts in which the popular majority can identify themselves as subjects in opposition to an adversary ‘Other’ plays a central role in constructing ‘the people’ as a new form of political culture, especially in times of crisis whereby; (b) the notion of populism transgresses categories such as ‘oversimplification’ and/or ‘demagogy’ and can also be regarded in terms of exhibiting sensitivity to popular demands and participatory democracy. My findings show that welfare politics are not necessarily best communicated through traditional left-wing symbols, due to the left’s popular link with communism and political defeat; these having been repeatedly recounted by the media/culture industry throughout history. Indeed, many may share the idea of protecting a nation’s common social services without wanting to position themselves within a Marxist (leftist) framework. I point to the representative crisis as an affective crisis where there is a potential affective space to be filled. From here, I stress that resistance movements seem to need to learn the current media logic of conflict and recognition in order to mediate affect and produce identification.

  • 17. Futter, Martyn N.
    et al.
    Högbom, Lars
    Valinia, Salar
    Sponseller, Ryan A.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Laudon, Hjalmar
    Conceptualizing and communicating management effects on forest water quality2016In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 45, p. S188-S202Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present a framework for evaluating and communicating effects of human activity on water quality in managed forests. The framework is based on the following processes: atmospheric deposition, weathering, accumulation, recirculation and flux. Impairments to water quality are characterized in terms of their extent, longevity and frequency. Impacts are communicated using a "traffic lights" metaphor for characterizing severity of water quality impairments arising from forestry and other anthropogenic pressures. The most serious impairments to water quality in managed boreal forests include (i) forestry activities causing excessive sediment mobilization and extirpation of aquatic species and (ii) other anthropogenic pressures caused by long-range transport of mercury and acidifying pollutants. The framework and tool presented here can help evaluate, summarize and communicate the most important issues in circumstances where land management and other anthropogenic pressures combine to impair water quality and may also assist in implementing the "polluter pays" principle.

  • 18.
    Haraldsson, Filip
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Gabrielsson, Jacob
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Bungle in the jungle: H&Ms kriskommunikation under tröjskandalen i januari 20182018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In early January 2018, the clothing company H&M released a new collection for children. One of the sweaters in the collection was printed with the text "Coolest monkey in the jungle". The shirt was worn by a dark-skinned child and H&M was accused of racism. This is because the word "monkey" has historically been used as a racist slur to downgrade dark-skinned people. Throughout the scandal H&M has published an official press release, as well as a number of posts on social media, each of which affects the scandal. The purpose of the study is to analyze H&Ms crisis communication with regard to the strategies they used during the shirt scandal. The main question of the study is how did H&M's crisis communication express itself in text during the shirt scandal. The theories used in the study are William Benoit's image repair theory (2014) and Timothy Coombs Situational crisis communication theory (2007), abbreviated SCCT. The methods used are a qualitative content analysis, text analysis and a rhetorical analysis. The qualitative content analysis is based on the chosen theories, so that the survey can extract the underlying message that H&M wants to convey. While the text analysis processes the text itself and how the company wants the reader to perceive the message and how H&M’s texts interact with each other. The rhetorical analysis contributes to a deeper understanding of the text's underlying message and structure with the actual text as a starting point. The rhetorical analysis is done by analysing the text’s structure with the rhetoric disposition scheme as a starting point.

    H&M’s crisis communication is in this case related to what is proposed in the strategic theories of crisis communication. The main crisis communication strategies used by H&M were admitting responsibility, asking for forgiveness and corrective actions. The rhetoric analysis has shown that the press release and posts on social media have different functions. The press release make greater importance to the structure of the disposition scheme, while the social media posts rather contain certain parts, for example, a greater focus on pathos and the preparatory of counter arguments while communicating to individuals rather than the public.

  • 19.
    Heemsbergen, Luke Justin
    et al.
    University of Melbourne.
    Lindgren, Simon
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The power of precision air strikes and social media feeds in the 2012 Israel–Hamas conflict: 'targeting transparency’2014In: Australian Journal of International Affairs, ISSN 1035-7718, E-ISSN 1465-332X, Vol. 68, no 5, p. 569-591Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article analyses the evolving uses of social media during wartime through the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Spokesperson Facebook and Twitter accounts. The conflict between Israel and Hamas-affiliated groups in November 2012 has generated interesting data about social media use by a sovereign power in wartime and the resultant networked discourse. Facebook data is examined for effective patterns of dissemination through both content analysis and discourse analysis. Twitter data is explored through connected concept analysis to map the construction of meaning in social media texts shared by the IDF. The systematic examination of this social media data allows the authors’ analysis to comment on the evolving modes, methods and expectations for state public diplomacy, propaganda and transparency during wartime.

  • 20.
    Holme, Petter
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Ghoshal, Gourab
    University of Michigan.
    The Diplomat's Dilemma: Maximal Power for Minimal Effort in Social Networks2009In: Adaptive networks: theory, models and applications / [ed] Thilo Gross, Hiroki Sayama, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2009, p. 269-288Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Closeness is a global measure of centrality in networks, and a proxy for how influential actors are in social networks. In most network models, and many empirical networks, closeness is strongly correlated with degree. However, in social networks there is a cost of maintaining social ties. This leads to a situation (that can occur in the professional social networks of executives, lobbyists, diplomats and so on) where agents have the conflicting objectives of aiming for centrality while simultaneously keeping the degree low. We investigate this situation in an adaptive network-evolution model where agents optimize their positions in the network following individual strategies, and using only local information. The strategies are also optimized, based on the success of the agent and its neighbors. We measure and describe the time evolution of the network and the agents' strategies.

  • 21.
    Holmström, Jonny
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
    On the shoulders of giants: understanding Internet-based generative platforms2013In: Immersive Internet: reflections on the entangling of the virtual with society, politics, and the economy, Basingstoke: Palgrave , 2013, p. 204-213Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Hutchings, Tim
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab.
    Contemporary religious community and the online church2011In: Information, Communication and Society, ISSN 1369-118X, E-ISSN 1468-4462, Vol. 14, no 8, p. 1118-1135Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    'Online churches' are Internet-based Christian communities, seeking to pursue worship, discussion, friendship, support, proselytism and other key religious practices through computer-mediated communication. This article introduces findings of a four-year ethnographic study of five very different 'online churches', focusing on the fluid, multi-layered relationship between online and offline activity developed by Christian users of blogs, forums, chatrooms, video streams and virtual worlds. Following a review of online church research and a summary of methods, this article offers an overview of each of the five groups and identifies clear parallels with earlier television ministries and recent church-planting movements. A new model of online and offline activity is proposed, focused on two pairs of concepts, familiarity/difference and isolation/integration, represented as the endpoints of two axes. These axes frame a landscape of digital practice, negotiated with great care and subtlety by online churchgoers. These negotiations are interpreted in light of wider social changes, particularly the shift from bounded community towards 'networked individualism'.

  • 23.
    Isaksson, Fredrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Supportervåld och strategisk kommunikation: Hur arbetar fotbollsklubbar med strategisk kommunikation med avseende på supportervåld?2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: The overall aim of this survey was to show whether, and possibly how, Stockholm’s three biggest football clubs (in supporter counts) works strategically with their communication regarding to supporter violence. A further goal of this paper is to contribute with knowledge that could be used by football clubs in their efforts against supporter violence. From this purpose two questions were constructed: 1) Do football clubs work strategically with their communications with regard to supporter violence? In that case, how? 2) Can work with strategic communication in terms of supporter violence improve? In such cases, how?

    Material and Method: The method used in this studie is of a qualitative character. The qualitative method was preferred as it allows the researcher to determine in-depth knowledge, which was necessary for the purpose of the survey. The qualitative data were collected through e-mail interviews with employees of the three football clubs. Results of interviews were then analyzed on the basis of selected theories in the field of strategic communication.

    Main results: The main results of this study shows that the examined football clubs don’t work strategic with their communications regard to supporter vilolence, not consistently as required. However, there are parts of the strategic process that met strategic standards, such as boundary spanning, target group analysis and organization profiling.

  • 24.
    Jacobsson, Roger
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Culture and Media.
    Den kommunikativa processen och maktens mekanismer: hur man sätter fingret på den "kulturen"?2006In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, no 4, p. 59-60Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Jonsson, Katrin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
    Holmström, Jonny
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
    Levén, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
    Organizational dimensions of e-maintenance: a multi-contextual perspective2011In: International Journal of Systems Assurance Engineering and Management, ISSN 0975-6809, E-ISSN 0976-4348, Vol. 1, no 3, p. 210-218Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A key objective for e-maintenance efforts is to align maintenance processes with business- and operational processes in order to reach organizational objectives. In the context of the process- and manufacturing industry a key objective for firms is to avoid downtime and to make sure all critical production equipment is up and running. To this end, e-maintenance has become increasingly important for the process- and manufacturing industry. Successful e-maintenance is realized by the organizational use of advanced information technology-solutions which aims at moving maintenance work from being primarily reactive (e.g. to react and respond to equipment breakdowns) to predictive (e.g. to predict when equipment are in need of maintenance before it breaks down). Building on a collaborative project with industrial organizations in the pulp and paper and the mining industry this paper explores organizational opportunities and challenges associated with the design and implementation of IT-based services for remote diagnostics of industrial equipment. We observe opportunities and challenges related to organizational innovation and learning. The paper introduces a multi-contextual perspective to better understand the opportunities and challenges associated with organizational learning and innovation. We argue that in order for e-maintenance services to be successful it must not only build on leading-edge technological solutions but also be built on an explicit model for how the maintenance work is organized and how e-maintenance efforts are aligned with overall organizational objectives.

  • 26. Jönsson, K
    et al.
    Nyström, Monica
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Uzochukwu, BSC
    Okeyo, S
    Tomson, Göran
    Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa: Strategy document for strengthening networking & capacity building for Getting Research into Policy & Practice (GRIPP): effective engagement for efficient resource mobilization and management supporting high quality health policy and systems research in Africa2012Report (Refereed)
  • 27.
    Jørgensen, Dolly
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Rethinking rewilding2015In: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 65, p. 482-488Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The term 'rewilding' sounds as if it should have a straightforward meaning 'to make wild again'. But in truth the term has a complex history and a host of meanings have been ascribed to it. Rewilding as a specific scientific term has its beginnings as a reference to the Wildlands Project, which was founded in 1991 and aimed to create North American core wilderness areas without human activity that would be connected by corridors. Words, however, do not stand still they change over time and take on new meanings, while sometimes simultaneously retaining the older sense. Employing Foucault's idea of historical genealogy, this article examines how the term rewilding was historically adopted and modified in ecological scientific discourse over the last two decades. This investigation probes what and, by extension, when and where, rewilding refers to as it has moved into various geographies across the globe. It then examines how the term has moved outside of science and been adopted by environmental activists as a plastic word. Taken as a whole, rewilding discourse seeks to erase human history and involvement with the land and flora and fauna. Such an attempted split between nature and culture may prove unproductive and even harmful. A more inclusive rewilding is a preferable strategy.

  • 28.
    Karimi, Fariba
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Ramenzoni, Verónica
    Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior, Radboud University, The Netherlands.
    Holme, Petter
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Republic of Korea and Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Structural differences between open and direct communication in an online community2014In: Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, ISSN 0378-4371, E-ISSN 1873-2119, Vol. 414, no 15 November, p. 263-273Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Most research of online communication focuses on modes of communication that are either open (like forums, bulletin boards, Twitter, etc.) or direct (like e-mails). In this work, we study a dataset that has both types of communication channels. We relate our findings to theories of social organization and human dynamics. The data comprises 36,492 users of a movie discussion community. Our results show that there are differences in the way users communicate in the two channels that are reflected in the shape of degree- and interevent time distributions. The open communication that is designed to facilitate conversations with any member shows a broader degree distribution and more of the triangles in the network are primarily formed in this mode of communication. The direct channel is presumably preferred by closer communication and the response time in dialogs is shorter. On a more coarse-grained level, there are common patterns in the two networks. The differences and overlaps between communication networks, thus, provide a unique window into how social and structural aspects of communication establish and evolve.

  • 29.
    Kornilova Phersson, Alice
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Anställningsbara humanister: En kvalitativ studie om studenternas syn på anställningsbarhet2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Employable humanists. A qualitative study on humanist students' views on employability.

    The crisis of the humanities is a controversial debate in the media and within academic settings. Because of lack of request for humanists in the labor market, the question of humanistic skills and employability is becoming increasingly important. The concept of employability importance not only echoes within the economic discussions, but also on everyday agenda in the academic world and takes a large part in the communication between the university and the students. It is therefore important to get answers to the question whether there is conformity in the interpretation of this concept between the university and the students.

    The aim of this desk study is to examine how the concept of employability has its significance in the academic communication and how the responsibility for employability is portrayed. This is done by studying how the concept of employability is formed and how the responsibilities outlined in texts from Career Center at the University of Umeå, and by comparing study results with the students' perceptions of the concept of employability and responsibility.

    The study has a qualitative disposition and consists of two main methods: qualitative interviews with focus groups to explore students' views, and critical linguistic analysis of texts with a focus on metaphor analysis and syntax analysis which are also supplemented by the multimodal text analysis.

    Results of this study indicate that the concept of employability takes a central part of the university’s communication. There are many common starting points in the interpretation of the concept and the responsibility between the university and students. Both the Career Center at Umeå University and students believe that actual knowledge, skills, experience as well as network forms the meaning of the concept of employability, and has a big importance in the student’s position on the job market. However, because the students look at the use of the concept of employability in the texts as acceptance to the social ideological perception of the individual as objects, there is some criticism of the use of the term employability in the university’s communications.

  • 30.
    Kristofersson, Amanda
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Flink, Elina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Att kommunicera en kommunikatör: Vad är en strategisk kommunikatör och vad förväntas av yrkesrollen?2019Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study aims to examine what competencies are expected from a strategiccommunicator 2019, as well as how education and the work field is cooperating.Expectations on competencies regarding the strategic communication profession and thecooperation between education and work field is analyzed based upon empirical data. Thedata is conducted from a combined quantitative and qualitative online-survey withstudents at the strategic communication at Umeå University (N = 45), and semi-structuredqualitative interview with associate professor at the program for strategic communicationat Umeå University and a selection of employees from six different companies within theprivate sector. Two different Likert-scales is used for measuring collaboration andcompetencies in the online-survey. Strategic communication theory and complexity theoryare used for discussion of the analyzed data. The results show that students find the levelof collaboration between education and work field to be low (mean score falls under 3 outof 7 for all the variables). However, the majority have been in touch with companieswithin strategic communication (68 percent). Education and work field show a low levelof cooperation, but both parts want to increase the collaboration. The only competencythat is mentioned by all three parties is to be creative. Generally, for all three parties, thereis a focus on subjective characteristics rather than technical and practical ability andcompetence. There is a natural development of a higher demand on communicativeorganizations and strategic communicators must therefore practice communication in itscomplexity and leave the transmission model in order to move toward aprofessionalization. The variety of competencies required can be explained fromcomplexity theory that the strategic communicator benefits from being complex andflexible to meet the demands from a complex society. Thus, the conclusion is that theresults show a need for an increased level of communication between education and workfield.

  • 31.
    Larsson, Sofia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Synen på PR-kampanjer med dolda budskap: Vad anser mottagarna om att bli förda bakom ljuset? En kvalitativ analys av PR-kampanjer med dolda budskap2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper was to examine the thoughts and feelings two selected PR campaigns arouse in two groups of students; journalism students and service management students. The study has distinguished two perspectives on PR, a positive perspective and a critical perspective. These perspectives have been the basis for the study's theoretical framework. The empirical material consisted of four focus group interviews, where two focus group interviews were made whit students from each program. The material has been transcribed and then analyzed through a qualitative vertical content analysis and a descriptive analysis. The results of the study showed that both study groups are overwhelmingly positive to the two selected PR campaigns. However, the journalist students acknowledged some problems with the media. One of them was that the media does not take responsibility for what they publish when they choose to publish press releases made by PR consultants. The conclusions drawn from the results are that the perception of PR and PR consultants are becoming widely accepted. 

  • 32.
    Liliequist, Marianne
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Rethinking the proximics of interviewing2016In: Cross-cultural interviewing: feminist experiences and reflections / [ed] Gabriele Griffin, London and New York: Routledge, 2016, p. 65-76Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 33.
    Lindgren, Simon
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    A ghost in the machine: tracing the role of "the digital' in discursive processes of cybervictimisation2018In: Discourse & Communication, ISSN 1750-4813, E-ISSN 1750-4821, Vol. 12, no 5, p. 517-534Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The study of discursive understandings of cybervictimisation draws on a dataset of crime news reporting and asks the question of if and how cybervictimisation is construed in ways that differ from other types of (non-digital) victimisation. Building on a critical discourse perspective employing corpus-based text analysis methods, the composition of news discourses about cybervictimisation are analysed, alongside the relationship between such representations and news media discourse on crime victimisation generally. The aim is to see what effect the presence of a digital dimension has for how the notion of victimisation is socially and culturally understood. The study shows, first, that news reporting on cybervictimisation has a strong bias towards crimes that fit well with the notion of the ideal victim' (such as sexual victimisation and bullying) while excluding other types like hacking and identity theft. The question is raised whether victim' discourse is able to account for the latter types or if new understandings and concepts will emerge. Second, the study shows that discourses promoting understandings of technology as contributing to amplifying danger, and that represent technology as potentially undermining social order, are strong in cybervictimisation news reports. These discourses are consequential for who is seen as a legitimate victim and not. Just as it can be very difficult to identify and apprehend perpetrators of cybercrime, so is also the identification and definition of cybervictims ambiguous and demands to be further researched.

  • 34.
    Lindgren, Simon
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    "It took me about half an hour, but I did it!": Media circuits and affinity spaces around how-to videos on YouTube2012In: European Journal of Communication, ISSN 0267-3231, E-ISSN 1460-3705, Vol. 27, no 2, p. 152-170Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Combining sentiment analysis and discursive network analysis, this article looks to answer which sentiments characterize YouTube comments discourse, with a specific focus on how- to videos. What are the differences between comments to various types of videos, and which discursive contexts seem to promote positive sentiment and a participatory climate? Furthermore, the aim is to map out a variety of existing user strategies in terms of their degree of participation. What various modes of taking part and/or giving support are made discursively possible, and what degrees of detachment or engagement are expressed through these identified strategies? 

  • 35.
    Lindgren, Simon
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Movement Mobilization in the Age of Hashtag Activism: Examining the Challenge of Noise, Hate, and Disengagement in the #MeToo Campaign2019In: Policy & Internet, ISSN 1944-2866, E-ISSN 1944-2866Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article analyses the challenges faced by the #MeToo campaign, during its first weeks of existence on Twitter. These included the challenges of maintaining its frame, and making a consistent impact in a complex and volatile media landscape. This mixed-methods study draws on a data set of four million tweets accessed through Twitter's public data interface. It addresses the following research questions: To what degree did the #MeToo campaign on Twitter have a clear focus, and was it able to maintain it? How did the tone of the campaign on Twitter change over time, in terms of the positivity or negativity of expressed sentiments? To what extent were tweets simply reiterated, or instead made the subject of customization and active debate? The article finds that #MeToo quickly started to lose its momentum after the initial and explosive impact, with noise, antagonism, and sloganization increasingly weighing down and diluting the campaign. However, a cross-platform perspective is needed to grasp a full picture of how hashtag activism functions; including the #MeToo campaign.

  • 36.
    Lindqvist, Hanna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Alla barn är lika mycket värda: En kvalitativ studie om hur barn framställs i KappAhls reklamfilmer2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    I have written an essay called ”All children are equally worth - A qualitative analysis of how children are produced in KappAhls commercials”.

    The purpose of this thesis is to do a study of the swedish clothing company KappAhl’s commercials. My purpose is divided into three questions: With which clothing colours are girls and boys represented in the commercials? Is there any difference in the making of ”non-white” and ”white” children in the commercials? and What is being transmitted in KappAhl’s commercials, where the focus should lay on the clothes?

    My material consists of three selected video clips from KappAhl’s Youtube channel. The three commercials are named: 1, Back to school, 2, Children’s christmas and 3, KappAhl 3 för 2 på alla överdelar för barn (translation: KappAhl 3 for 2 on all children’s tops). I have chosen to use photo interpretation with denotation and connotation as the main tools and also qualitative analysis as methods in my review of the material. The main theoretical base in my thesis is gender theory, while, for instance, stereotypes, binary oppositions and ethnicity are concepts chosen in hope to reach a deeper analytical level.

    I have also analyzed these commercials through the colours on the children’s clothes, the way the children are dressed and the settings around them. Through the analysis I have come to the conclusion that the children are dressed quite alike, in similar colors. But the girls are often dressed in colors that we find ”neutral” on girls, but if the boys would wear the colors that we find "neutral" on girls, we would see them as boyish. The boys would never wear colours that would seem ”neutral” on them, but in the general eye of society these colours would be seen as girl colors. The biggest difference I found in the commercials between ”non-white” and ”white” was that the ”white” younger boys were mystified through hats and hooded sweatshirts, and the ”non-white” boy, and the ”non-white” grown-up men were all themself with no assecceories trying to mystify them.

  • 37.
    Lischinsky, Alon
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Examples as persuasive argument in popular management literature2008In: Discourse & Communication, ISSN 1750-4813, E-ISSN 1750-4821, Vol. 2, p. 243-269Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article we take the use of examples as a means to explore the processes of persuasion and consensus-construction involved in the legitimation of popular management knowledge. Examples, as concrete instances or events used to substantiate a wider argument, have been variedly regarded in different research traditions. Classical logic and rhetoric have considered them an inferior form of argument, useful for pedagogic or public debate but inadequate for higher forms of thought. This spirit still permeates much psychological research on communication, where the great persuasive import of examples has been contrasted with more scientific and formal resources for argumentation. Considered in this light, the contingent and episodic nature of examples seems to make them cognitively inferior to explicit statements of general rules. However, various strands of research on the nature of scientific knowledge have shown that implicit forms of knowledge are an integral part of scientific expertise. Examples may thus be more central to disciplinary thought than the conventional normative view seems to allow. In this spirit, we explore the use of examples in a hotly contested field, that of popular discourse on business and management. The profusion of examples in this kind of writing has been often noted, and almost as often criticized. We seek to explore more fully how these examples are deployed, examining the discursive devices that mark examples within the development of the text, their function as rhetorical moves, and their role in presenting arguments that are never otherwise made explicit.

  • 38.
    Lischinsky, Alon
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Exploring popular management discourse2012Book (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Lischinsky, Alon
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Reseña: Carlos Jesús Fernández Rodríguez, El discurso del management: Tiempo y narración. Madrid, CIS, Colección Monografías, 20072009In: Revista Española de Sociología, ISSN 1578-2824, no 11, p. 141-145Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Lundgren, Britta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    'Don't focus the star; try to catch the light': indirect questioning in research to explore normative assumptions in one's research focus2016In: Cross-cultural interviewing: feminist experiences and reflections / [ed] Gabriele Griffin, Routledge, 2016, p. 192-207Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Interviewing as a technique is governed by a series of conventions, depending on the kind of interview one conducts. One distinction that may be made is between asking a single, setting-the-ball-rolling type of question as is often the case in narrative, life history, or biographical interviews where a question such as 'Tell me about...' is asked, and interviews or interview schedules where the researcher has prepared a series of questions covering particular research themes. The latter is often done with the research topic itself directly addressed or in focus. However, one's research focus is usually hedged with all manner of assumptions, produced by the context in which one lives and researches. This chapter takes two such research areas – friendship and mourning – to discuss how one might move beyond the reproduction of those assumptions in how one conducts one's interviews. It draws on interview experiences from two previous research projects, one about the culture of friendship resulting in a book Den ofullkomliga vänskapen (The Imperfect Friendship) from 1995 and one about grief after a sudden death, published as Oväntad död: förväntad sorg (Unexpected Death: Expected Mourning) in 2006. Friendship and grief are gendered concepts permeated with culturally produced normative assumptions, loaded with emotions, ideals and anticipations. In interviewing people about their experiences regarding friendship, and mourning in the context of sudden death, I decided that it was important not to focus explicitly on 'the star', i.e. the topic directly, through asking questions such as 'what is a real friend', 'how many friends do you have', or 'how did you deal with the different phases of mourning' - questions that produce potentially conventional answers. Instead, I developed a different, more constructive interview method by trying to 'catch the light' by asking questions in more indirect ways. As I shall demonstrate in this chapter, getting at people's everyday practices proved to be a more effective way of eliciting narratives about the complex scenarios in which friendship or grief are performed.

  • 41.
    Lundmark, Victor
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Yeah Hillary, what happened?: En kommunikativ studie av den andra amerikanska presidentdebatten 20162017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay aims to analyze how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump communicated verbally and non-verbally during the second presidential debate of the 2016 US election. To do this the essay utilizes a method focused on analyzing actio. The essay also analyses main trends in the rhetoric’s of the candidates. To aid the findings from this analysis the essay takes support from theories such as Impression management, footing, face as well as different theories in representation, including stereotypes, gender in politics and the construction of otherness.

     

    The results that the study reached where that very little critic could be raised towards Clinton's actio except for questioning how effective her choice to face the live audience instead of the tv audience was. That only a few major errors could be found in Clinton's actio & her rhetoric as well, was theorized to be due to the stark contrast of her errors against Trump's which many times where a lot worse. The study also found some similarities in how to candidates used similar rhetorical and, to some extent, actio techniques to compel their audience, thou stark differences could be found in the execution of said techniques. Further the study could not point to any definite female or male use of body language, but theorized that this is due to the nature of a political debate and how Clinton might have adapted to the male dominated world of politics. Finally, in the end discussion a speculation was raised that whoever the audience perceived as a “winner” of the debate came down largely to pre-perceived notions of each candidate at least when it came to body language and rhetoric. 

  • 42.
    Matti, Sara
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
    Communication – the road to innovation: A qualitative case study of a municipality's use of social media for innovation2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Social media for innovation have been used by organizations all over the world to involve users in the innovation process. However, it has not been studied to a great extent within the public sector. The public sector context is different from other organization and focus on innovation to improve citizens’ service. This study aims to investigate how the public sector uses social media for innovation purposes, by conducting semi-structured interviews with employees at a municipality. The study showed that the public sectors adoptions of social media in their innovation process are sporadically applied. It showed that they do involve users in innovation, but mainly through face-to-face meetings. Communication is the common denominator in both the innovation procedures and the social media usage within the public sector. In conclusion, communication can be the road to innovation for the public sector.

  • 43.
    Merrill, Samuel
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Åkerlund, Mathilda
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Standing up for Sweden?: the racist discourses, architectures and affordances of an anti-immigration Facebook Group2018In: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, ISSN 1083-6101, E-ISSN 1083-6101, Vol. 23, no 6, p. 332-353Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Facebook has faced growing criticism regarding its handling of hateful user-generated content(UGC) with research revealing how the platform can foster both covert and overt racism. Thisresearch has tended to focus on racist content while relying on abstract references to the generallogics of social media platforms. In this article we consider how Facebook shapes the production ofracist discourse in more concrete ways by integrating a concern for the platform’s architecturesand affordances within a broader analysis of the immigration-related discussions of a largeSwedish Facebook group. We combine a quantitative topic modeling of a large data set of thegroup’s UGC with a qualitative critical discourse analysis (CDA) of a sample of that data set. Ourfindings show how Facebook enables and influences various discursive strategies of identificationand persuasion—within which covert and overt racist discourses are embedded—through pro-cesses of cybertyping, role-playing, crowdsourcing and (counter-)reaction.

  • 44.
    Myhr, Madeleine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    "Hvis du undrer så har jeg endret språket på telefonen!": En netnografisk studie om Skams fandom på Facebook2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study aims to examine how Swedish fans of the TV-series Skam use the Facebook group Kosegruppa Sverige in order to construct and maintain a fandom, and how fan practices can contribute in creating identity among the members of the group. Theories related to fan research, discourse psychology and intersectionality were applied, as well as a brief overview of earlier research results related to these areas. By using a netnographic approach combined with a discourse analyses, posts made by fans on Kosegruppa Sverige during December 2016 were examined and analyzed.

    Three main fan practices were found to be used in constructing fandom in the group; fans made their own material such as edits, videos and attire that had a connection to the narrative, they acted out on their fandom both by adapting their language and looks, and finally by buying and selling merchandise and thus collecting things related to the series. Identity was created through intersectional perspectives of gender, sexuality and age. Finally, the study concluded that fandom could be seen as an integral tool within media production, which blurs the line between producers and consumers. 

  • 45.
    Nord Koskela, Kristina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Svensson, Theres
    Internpodden: En multimodal analys av tre podcasts avsedda för medarbetare2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The research conducted in ‘The Internal podcast’ aims to answer how podcast could be used for internal communication in organizations and what its weakness and strength is. The study has gathered theories such as storytelling, affordance and sensemaking and combined them into a unique framework for this study. Based on multimodal analysis we have studied three podcasts content and content design to help answer the questions of the study. The three podcasts: Kackellackan, Fast forward and Radio Samhall all have their coworkers as the primary target group. From these podcasts the study analyzed at a total of 60 episodes (20 from each podcast). The results showed that all three podcasts have different content design that suggests multiple possibilities for organizations to form the content for their own needs. Because of its intimate and close character, it also suggests a usefulness for sensemaking in organizational changes. But one of the weaknesses that the result pointed at is the lack of interaction between producer and listener, because one key part in empowerment is the possibility for feedback.  

  • 46.
    Nordsvan, Simon
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
    Transmitting the Message: Paralinguistic Communication through Voice Overs in Infographics2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I dagens samhälle är det av största vikt att kunna kommunicera med varandra vare sig det är på ett personligt plan eller ett företag med sina kunder. Inom informatik är en del av vårt arbete att optimera dessa sätt att kommunicera varav ljuset denna gång faller på infografik i dess audiovisuella form. Detta arbete utforskar de paralingvistiska element inom infografikens olika berättarröster och hur dessa påverkar dess publik. Med en litterär studie förtydligas innebörden av just paralingvistiska element för att kunna applicera dessa på berättarröster som skapats för en fallstudie där 13 respondenter visas en infografisk film benämnd “Alma”. Dessa berättarröster framförs med tre olika sinnesstämningar av såväl en man som en kvinna som alla följer samma manus vilket resulterar i totalt sex olika varianter. Detta är till grund för att utvärdera huruvida berättarröstens kön så väl som de paralingvistiska elementen påverkar dess trovärdighet. Genom fallstudien har jag kunnat bekräfta att paralingvistiska element sannerligen har en mycket stor påverkan huruvida en berättarröst uppfattas som trovärdig eller ej. Däremot huruvida kön direkt påverkar en berättarrösts trovärdighet och om det bör räknas som ett paralingvistiskt element i sig går ej ännu med säkerhet att bekräfta.

  • 47.
    Norring, Linnéa
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Lönnberg, Carolina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Social samvaro i sociala medier: En studie om digitalt utanförskap hos äldre2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study focuses on trying to understand the attitudes of people born in the 1940’s concerning their view on social media. This 1940’s group has been growing on the social networks such as Facebook, but their usage is not active. Therefore, the purpose of this report is to understand in what way they are affected by the using of these platforms. The theories that have been applied to this report is Habermas theory of the Public sphere and democracy, McLuhan's theory of Medium is the message and the theory of the Digital divide. These theories have been used to create an understanding of the results that emerged during the study.

     A Qualitative method was used to collect information, and through this Qualitative interviews were used. The interviews resulted in three themes, which was democracy in social media, risks and possibilities in the social and the digital divide. The result showed that the group felt left out because of their lack of skills when it comes to technology. It also showed that the lack of skills has caused a negative effect since the users rather seek information than sharing their own, which was a result of their lacking skills. This result was linked to the theory of the Digital divide and McLuhan's theory of Medium is the message. When the democracy aspect was analysed, it showed that they did not trust information shared on social media.  

    The risks that were detected by the interviewed group was for example identity theft and stress related illness that were caused by social media. The possibilities were for example the fact that it is possible to talk to someone in another country on social media despite time differences and borders and to maintain relationships with distant relatives. These results were used to analyze the consequences further and to have a deeper discussion about the subject. For example the lack of skills lead to that this group do not have the possibility to share their thoughts and counteract stereotypes.

  • 48.
    Norén, Fredrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    "Framtiden tillhör informatörerna”: samhällsinformationens formering i Sverige 1965–19752019Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation is about the formation of governmental information in Sweden during the period 1965 to 1975. During this period information related issues were high up on the political agenda, in Sweden and internationally. I argue that the period is of particular interest in order to understand the impact and development of governmental information in Sweden, even for our time. One overreaching research question has guided this study: What ideas and practices characterized how and why the state disseminated information to the public? The thesis uses four tensions to study the formation of governmental information in Sweden during the late 1960s and early 1970s: (1) information as a solution – information as a problem, (2) dissemination of information – control over information, (3) information through mass communication – information through interpersonal dialogue, and (4) governmental information – commercial information. These tensions draw theoretically from John Durham Peters’ notions of communication.

    The thesis uses strands from three research fields: PR-history, cultural histories of media, and digital humanities. The four papers use different theoretical perspectives in order to shed new light on of the formation of governmental information in Sweden. Adding to that, and to theoretically tie the papers together, the thesis presents an overarching network perspective with a special focus on conceptual history as a means to better understand how governmental information was discussed as well as practiced. Different methods are used to study the formation of governmental information. The latter is partly because of the political issue’s porous boundaries and fragmented-oriented character, and partly due to the lack of previous research with a problematizing and historical approach to governmental information in Sweden. The thesis combines qualitative and quantitative methods to study different aspects how the state communicated with the public.

    This dissertation presents new findings about the formation of governmental information during the period 1965 to 1975. One regards the different intersections of governmental information. It shows that the production and dissemination of information from agencies to citizens was far from “pure” governmental information, and rather entangled with various actors from industry, academy and civil society. A second finding concerns the language of governmental information. Here, the dissertation shows – through large-scale digital text methods – how the concept of “information” exploded in usages from the 1960s and onwards, and how “information” as a discursive element infiltrated a growing number of political topics from the same period and onwards. A third finding centers on the media of governmental information. One result shows how broadly academics and bureaucrats defined the concept of media in relation to the practice of governmental information. All kinds of media devices, and not only the traditional news media, were considered important for the purpose of disseminating information on large scale to the public. Lastly, this dissertation reveals governmental information as without guaranties. Overall it shows how information from state agencies to citizens was generated through various conflicting tensions that have to be addressed, but without any hope of finding a balance free from communication problems. These problems tend to reoccur in different settings through history, also visible today. This result should however not be regarded as a pessimistic standpoint, rather it calls for modesty in terms of communication in general, and governmental information in particular.

  • 49.
    Norén, Fredrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    H-Day 1967: An alternative perspective on "propaganda" in the historiography of public relation2019In: Public Relations Review, ISSN 0363-8111, E-ISSN 1873-4537, Vol. 45, no 2, p. 236-245Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article presents an alternative perspective regarding the concept of “propaganda” in the historiography of public relations. Recent scholars of public relations have rightly criticized early attempts to write the field’s history as a linear progression, from propaganda to excellence. At the same time, however, these recent scholars have come to accept a linear conceptual change, and that “propaganda” became an impossible term in liberal democratic countries in the 1960s. By using the empirical case of the massive communication efforts initiated by the Swedish Commission on Right-Hand Traffic, which was assigned to implement right-hand traffic in 1967, this article shows that the concept of “propaganda” both occurred frequently and was used in a neutral sense. To deepen the understanding of this alternative perspective, the article both presents how the historical actors conceptualized their work, and describes how the communication work of the Commission was performed.

  • 50.
    Nyberg, Annakarin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
    Dunkels, Elza
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
    Netthets: strategier og tilnaerminger2018 (ed. 1)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [no]

    Hvordan kan vi forstå og håndtere hets,trusler og maktutøvelse på nettet?

    Skal det være opp til hver enkelt å håndterenetthets, eller kan vi sammen og med felles krefter gå spørsmålene i møte?

    Dette er blant de sentrale problemstillingene som tas opp i denne boken.

    I tillegg til strategier og tilnærminger, presenteres også spørsmål somkan bidra til økt kunnskap og refleksjon rundt egen forståelse og erfaringangående maktutøvelse og netthets.

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