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  • 1.
    Arvidsson, Alf
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Eriksson, Ann-Catrine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Ljuslinder, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Lundgren, Anna Sofia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Svens, Christina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    För Sverige i tiden?2009In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 2-8Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Carlsson, Eric
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Carbin, Maria
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Från realism till post-sanning och tillbaka igen?: Nyhetsbransch, museer och högre utbildning mot fejkade nyheter och faktaresistens2018In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, no 1-2, p. 39-48Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    From realism to post truth? News, museums and higher education against fake news and fact resistance

    Recently, the problem with fake news, fact resistance and the growing digital, global circulation of disinformation have caused debates and worries, and posed a challenge for several institutions of knowledge in society. In this article, we discuss how the news industry, museums and higher education confront the challenges of the ‘post truth’ era. We can see a mobilization by these institutions in Sweden: The news industry has initiated so-called fact checking sites, the major museums create exhibitions about false news and educate youth in digital literacy and many universities have launched initiatives to legitimize scientific knowledge production, thereby safeguarding professional authority. However, these initiatives are faced with dilemmas concerning how concepts of knowledge, truth and facts are negotiated and understood. This article discusses such epistemological issues in general, and focuses in particular on the risk of falling into the trap of so called neorigorism.

  • 3.
    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)
  • 4.
    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.
    Ligister här, demokratikämpar där2011In: Glänta, ISSN 1104-5205, no 3-4Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Medan sociala medier sägs utlösa demokratiska revolutioner utanför Europas gränser utformas lagar som inskränker elektronisk kommunikation på hemmaplan. Eric Carlsson och Bo Nilsson blottlägger en paradoxal logik i den mediala retoriken och efterfrågar andra lösningar på demokratins problem än den tekniska.

  • 5.
    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.

  • 6.
    Carlsson, Eric
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Nilsson, BoUmeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.Lindgren, SimonUmeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Digital politik: sociala medier, deltagande och engagemang2015Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här boken handlar om hur sociala medier kan fungera politiskt i människors vardag. Digitaliseringen av samhället har starkt aktualiserat frågan om förhållandet mellan medier och deltagande. I Sverige har exempelvis de olika politiska partierna lagt mycket resurser på synlighet, inte minst via bloggar,Facebook och Twitter. Sociala nätverksmedier medför även möjligheter till en mer vardaglig form av engagemang och deltagande i en mängd olika politiska och sociala frågor.

    Vilken betydelse har sociala medier för exempelvis politiker, journalister och aktivister? Hur används nya digitala kommunikationstekniker för att utöva politiska påtryckningar och för politisk mobilisering? Vad innebär det att vara engagerad i dagens digitaliserade samhälle? Hur kan ”det politiska” – också i termer av olika typer av livsstilar och identitetsarbete – spåras i olika gruppers och individers medieanvändning?

    Digital politik — Sociala medier, deltagande och engagemangbestår av tio kapitel som från olika perspektiv bidrar till att belysa och problematisera sociala mediers betydelse för ”det politiska” i dag. Författarna är forskare verksamma inom humaniora och samhällsvetenskap i Sverige och Norge.

  • 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.
    Lindgren, Simon
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Sociala medier och det politiska2015In: Digital politik: sociala medier, deltagande och engagemang / [ed] Eric Carlsson, Bo Nilsson, Simon Lindgren, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2015, 1, p. 7-17Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Edin, Kerstin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
    Between desire and rape - narratives about being intimate partners and becoming pregnant in a violent relationship2013In: Global Health Action, ISSN 1654-9716, E-ISSN 1654-9880, Vol. 6, p. 20984-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Women subjected to intimate partner violence (IPV) experience different forms of abuse. Sexual violence is often under-reported because physically abused women, in particular, might see forced sex as an obligatory part of the sexual interplay. Accordingly, abused women have less sexual autonomy and experience unplanned pregnancies more often than other women. Objective: To describe and analyse nine Swedish women's retrospective stories about IPV with a focus on power and coping strategies as intimate partners, particularly regarding experiences of sex, contraception, and becoming pregnant. Design: Nine qualitative interviews were carried out with women who had been subjected to very severe violence in their intimate relationships and during at least one pregnancy. The stories were analysed using 'Narrative method' with the emphasis on the women's lived experiences. Results: Despite the violence and many contradictory and ambivalent feelings, two of the women described having sex as desirable, reciprocal and as a respite from the rest of the relationship. The other seven women gave a negative and totally different picture, and they viewed sex either as obligatory or as a necessity to prevent or soothe aggression or referred to it as rape and as something that was physically forced upon them. The women's descriptions of their pregnancies ranged from being carefully planned and mostly wanted to completely unwelcome and including flawed contraceptive efforts with subsequent abortions. Conclusions: Women subjected to IPV have diverse and complex experiences that have effects on all parts of the relationship. Intimacy might for some turn into force and rape, but for others sex does not necessarily exclude pleasure and desire and can be a haven of rest from an otherwise violent relationship. Accordingly, women may tell stories that differ from the ones expected as 'the typical abuse story', and this complexity needs to be recognized and dealt with when women seek healthcare, especially concerning contraceptives, abortions, and pregnancies.

  • 9.
    Edin, Kerstin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Men's violence: narratives of men attending anti-violence programmes in Sweden2014In: Women's Studies: International Forum, ISSN 0277-5395, E-ISSN 1879-243X, Vol. 46, p. 96-106Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The efficacy of batterer-intervention programmes for men has frequently been questioned, inviting additional research and development. Men inclined to violence have multifaceted problems but are frequently squeezed into ‘one-size-fits-all’ programmes with high ambitions for change that often show little evidence of effectiveness. Some research even indicates that any changes in men's violent behaviour might result from factors not at all linked to the programmes.

    For this study, ten interviews were carried out with men who had attended anti-violence programmes within the Swedish Probation Service. The overall aim was to analyse gendered identity constructions in the narratives of men attending the programmes — how men articulate the course of violent events and in what way they talk about themselves and the programmes.

    According to our results, men defended themselves by making excuses, explanations and victim positions. Furthermore, the men's gendered identity constructions collided with the programmes' ambitions of changing men's conceptions and behaviour.

  • 10.
    Edin, Kerstin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health. MRC/ Wits Rural Public Health & Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Ivarsson, Anneli
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health. MRC/ Wits Rural Public Health & Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
    Kinsman, John
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Norris, Shane A
    Kahn, Kathleen
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. MRC/ Wits Rural Public Health & Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; INDEPTH Network, Accra, Ghana.
    Perspectives on intimate relationships among young people in rural South Africa: the logic of risk2016In: Culture, Health and Sexuality, ISSN 1369-1058, E-ISSN 1464-5351, Vol. 18, no 9, p. 1010-1024Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores how young people in rural South Africa understand gender, dating, sexuality and risk-taking in adolescence. The empirical material drawn upon consists of 20 interviews with young men and women (aged 18-19) and reflects normative gender patterns characterised by compulsory heterosexuality and dating as obligatory, and representing key symbols of normality. However, different meanings of heterosexual relationships are articulated in the interviews, for example in the recurring concept of 'passing time', and these meanings show that a relationship can be something arbitrary: a way to reduce boredom and have casual sex. Such a rationale for engaging in a relationship reflects one of several other normative gender patterns, which relate to the trivialisation of dating and sexual risk-taking, and which entail making compromises and legitimising deviations from the 'ideal' life-script and the hope of a better future. However, risks do not exclusively represent something bad, dangerous or immoral, because they are also used as excuses to avoid sex, HIV acquisition and early pregnancy. In conclusion, various interrelated issues can both undermine and/or reinforce risk awareness and subsequent risk behaviour. Recognition of this tension is essential when framing policies to support young people to reduce sexual risk-taking behaviour.

  • 11. Logdberg, Ulrika
    et al.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Kostenius, Catrine
    "Thinking about the future, what's gonna happen?": How young people in Sweden who neither work nor study perceive life experiences in relation to health and well-being2018In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 13, no 1, article id 1422662Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: The aim of this study was to explore how young people in Sweden who neither work nor study perceive life experiences in relation to health and well-being.

    Methods: A task-based interview technique was used and data was analysed with qualitative content analysis. Interviews were conducted with 16 participants aged 16-20 who were unemployed and not eligible for upper secondary school, or who had dropped out of school.

    Results: Three themes emerged from the analysis illustrating how the young people perceive their life experiences in relation to health and well-being: Struggling with hardships in the absence of caring connections, Feeling good when closely connected to others, and Being forced to question what has been taken for granted. Each theme consists of 2-3 subthemes.

    Conclusion: Based on the young people's narrated experiences health can be understood as: something that is created in relation to others and in relation to the social and cultural context; as something dynamic and changeable; as the ability to adapt and respond to challenges; and finally as something existing on a collective as well as an individual level. Implications for school, social services and health promotion initiatives are discussed, with an emphasis on working with young people.

  • 12.
    Lundgren, Anna Sofia
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Nilsson, BoUmeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Att förhandla plats och tillhörighet.: Kulturanalytiska perspektiv på två bostadsområden i Södertälje kommun2009Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Lundgren, Anna Sofia
    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.
    Civil outrage: emotion, space and identity in legitimisations of rural protest2018In: Emotion, Space and Society, ISSN 1755-4586, E-ISSN 1878-0040, Vol. 26, p. 16-22Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Lundgren, Anna Sofia
    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.
    Inledning2012In: Mitt i metoden: kulturvetenskapliga reflektioner / [ed] Bo Nilsson & Anna Sofia Lundgren, Umeå: Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper, Umeå universitet , 2012, p. 7-16Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Lundgren, Anna Sofia
    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.
    Kulturanalytiska perspektiv2009In: Att förhandla plats och tillhörighet : Kulturanalytiska perspektiv på två bostadsområden i Södertälje kommun, Umeå: Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper, Umeå universitet , 2009, p. 5-9Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Lögdberg, Ulrika
    et al.
    LTU.
    Costenius, Catrine
    LTU.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University.
    Doing research together with young people who are not in employment or education – aiming at inclusion and dealing with exclusion2016Other (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Lögdberg, Ulrika
    et al.
    LTU.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University.
    Costenius, Catrine
    LTU.
    Inside and outside – how young people outside the school system and labor market experience health2015Other (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Audiophiles: Gender production in a technological nerd culture2011In: Norma, ISSN 1890-2138, E-ISSN 1890-2146, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 61-81Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Berättad berusning: kulturella föreställningar i berättelser om berusade personer2010In: Ethnologia Scandinavica, ISSN 0348-9698, E-ISSN 0348-9698, Vol. 40, p. 175-176Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Biographical notes: Beatriz Lindqvist, Professor at Södertörn University2017In: Ethnologia Scandinavica, ISSN 0348-9698, E-ISSN 0348-9698, Vol. 47, p. -174Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Culture and Media.
    Brottsoffer: Offerskapets innebörder och villkor - viktimiseringsideologins effekter2005In: Kulturstudier i Sverige: Nationell forskarkonferens, 13–15 juni, 2005, Norrköping, Sweden, 2005Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University.
    Brottsoffer. Offerskapets villkor i (o)säkerhetens kultur2003Book (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Djurstudier, kritiska perspektiv, "rapid ethnography" och hjältehundar2018In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, ISSN 1102-7908, Vol. 27, no 3-4, p. 25-35Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 24.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Etnografiska hållplatser. Om metodprocesser och reflexivitet. Gunnemark, Kerstin (red), 2011.2011In: RIG: Kulturhistorisk tidskrift, ISSN 0035-5267, E-ISSN 2002-3863, Vol. 94, no 4, p. 235-236Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Fictionalized Bodies in Live Action Role-playing: Erika Lundell, Förkroppsligad fiktion och fiktionaliserade kroppar. Levande rollspel i Östersjöregionen. Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, Stockholm 2014, 197 pp. Ill. English summary. Diss. ISBN 978-91-8723-582-52015In: Ethnologia Scandinavica, ISSN 0348-9698, E-ISSN 0348-9698, Vol. 45, p. 199-201Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University.
    Göra Män/Mats Söderlund2016In: Respons : recensionstidskrift för humaniora & samhällsvetenskap, ISSN 2001-2292, no 3Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Göra män/Mats Söderlund2016In: Respons : recensionstidskrift för humaniora & samhällsvetenskap, ISSN 2001-2292, no 3Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Ideologi och retorik i kungaskämt2009In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, no 2, p. 25-30Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Ideology, Environment and Forced Relocation: Kiruna – a Town on the Move2010In: European Urban and Regional Studies, ISSN 0969-7764, E-ISSN 1461-7145, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 433-442Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Kiruna, a small town in the north of Sweden, is facing a major change because an expanding mining industry is threatening the town. The iron ore body runs under the central parts of the town and continued mining will cause that area to collapse. Therefore, the municipality of Kiruna (Kiruna kommun) has, under the influence of the mining company LKAB (Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag), decided to relocate parts of the town a few miles to the north-west. The relocation plans have attracted a great deal of attention in both national and international media. This article examines the ideological bias that characterizes various opinions in relation to the relocation plans, and especially the views of those in favour of the move, the mining company and the majority of the municipality of Kiruna. ‘Ideology’, both as a concept and as a perspective, is used in an analysis of how some specific ‘truths’ regarding the relocation are produced. Furthermore, I argue that the relocation plans are part of an ideological fantasy rooted in the social structure, of which the mining company has historically been a creator. On a more general level, the article deals with democratic processes in the context of an urban transformation.

  • 30.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Inledning: Norrlandsfrågan (åter)aktualiserad2017In: Brännpunkt Norrland: perspektiv på en region i förändring / [ed] Anders Öhman & Bo Nilsson, Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur, 2017, p. 7-10Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University.
    Jämställdhetens spjutspets? Manliga arbetstagare i kvinnoyrken, jämställdhet, maskulinitet, feminitet och heteronormativitet/Marie Nordberg2006In: Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 0348-8365Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University.
    Katastrofer och män. Explorativa undersökningar av ett komplext förhållande/ Per Folkesson2006In: Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 0348-8365Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 33.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Kiruna: staden som ideologi2009Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 34.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Kryonik: mediala perspektiv på en dlödens utmanare2013In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 52-56Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 35.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Lars Berggren, Klas-Göran Karlsson & Charlotte Tornbjer (red): Möten med historiens mångfald.2011In: RIG: Kulturhistorisk tidskrift, ISSN 0035-5267, E-ISSN 2002-3863, no 2, p. 117-118Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 36.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Meanings of ‘The Local’ in a Swedish Rural Development Organization: All Sweden Shall Live!2018In: Journal of Rural and Community Development, ISSN 1712-8277, E-ISSN 1712-8277, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 39-56Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Organized rural development in Sweden can be described at two levels; a local level with a large number of local actors organized in a so-called village-action movement, and a national level where political parties and the government present different suggestions on how to develop rural areas. However, characteristic for Sweden is also a close relationship between these two levels and a bottom-up perspective encouraging local initiatives, which is exemplified by All Sweden Shall Live (ASSL); a general rural development organization characterized by both policy-making ambitions and support of local development projects. A central but also ambiguous concept in the organization ASSL’s campaigns and ideology is ‘the local,’ and with discourse theory, as a point of departure, this case-study examines how different meanings of ‘the local’ are used to advocate investments in local perspectives and local measures. Special attention is directed towards how meanings of ‘the local’ form a ‘fantasy,’ an emotional and ideological worldview, and how this worldview is of importance in the organization’s self-legitimization and for its potential as an agent of political mobilization. While ASSL is a Swedish organization, the subject is of general relevance because ideological investments in both ‘the local’ and ‘the regional’ are common, for example, in processes of relocalization—local responses to globalization—and in arguments about the importance of localities and regions in a global economy. Furthermore, the paper illustrates how such investments can have unexpected effects such as the transfer of responsibility for rural development from the government to local actors.

  • 37.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    "Mer än halva Sverige ryms i Norrland": Norrland i politisk retorik2017In: Brännpunkt Norrland: perspektiv på en region i förändring / [ed] Anders Öhman & Bo Nilsson, Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur, 2017, p. 209-235Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Moralisk exkludering: om tiggare i medier i Norr- och Västerbotten2015In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, no 1, p. 2-21Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Nils Hammarén & Thomas Johansson: Identitet2011In: RIG: Kulturhistorisk tidskrift, ISSN 0035-5267, E-ISSN 2002-3863, no 3, p. 188-189Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    On men and cars: an ethnographic study of gendered, risky and dangerous relations / Dag Balkmar2013In: Norma, ISSN 1890-2138, E-ISSN 1890-2146, Vol. 8, no 1Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Perspektiv på döden2013In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 2-7Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 42.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Politicians’ blogs: strategic self-presentations and populist identities – a case study2012In: Identity. An International Journal of Theory and Research, ISSN 1528-3488, E-ISSN 1532-706X, Vol. 12, no 3, p. 247-265Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The empirical material of this article consists of a blog section that organizes the blogs of mainly local and regional politicians in the north of Sweden. The aim of the article is to examine the content and style of blogs written by politicians and, especially, how the blogs can be understood in terms of self-presentations and articulations of identities. A further aim is to discuss the political and democratic aspects of such articulations. The article argues that even though the investigated blogs are somewhat innovative, they have a traditional character in a political sense and reproduce a populist identity. This identity goes beyond the boundaries between different political parties and represents a hindrance in relation to the democratic renewal that is often ascribed to political blogging in general.

  • 43.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Pwerspektiv på döden, Kulturella perspektiv, nr 2, 20132013Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 44.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Therese Norlund Edvinsson: Broderskap i näringslivet.: En studie om homosocialitet i Kung Orres Jaktklubb 1890-1960.2011In: RIG: Kulturhistorisk tidskrift, ISSN 0035-5267, E-ISSN 2002-3863, no 2, p. 113-115Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 45.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Ur svenska hjärtans djup: reproduktion av samtida monarki2010In: RIG: Kulturhistorisk tidskrift, ISSN 0035-5267, E-ISSN 2002-3863, no 2Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Nilsson, Bo
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Culture and Media.
    Billy, Ehn
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Culture and Media.
    Tillämpad kulturanalys: marknadsföring av ett humanistiskt samhällsperspektiv2006In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, no 4, p. 2-12Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 47.
    Nilsson, Bo
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Carlsson, Eric
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Swedish politicians and new media: democracy, identity and populism in a digital discourse2014In: New Media and Society, ISSN 1461-4448, E-ISSN 1461-7315, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 655-671Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The empirical material of this article consists of interviews with politicians in Västerbotten, an area in the north of Sweden. The aim of the article is to identify and analyse how these politicians relate to digital information technology and new media. What democratic opportunities and risks of information technology and new media are reflected in interviews with the politicians? What does this technology and these media mean for politicians’ political strategies and for their identity production as professional politicians? We argue that the interview data reflect two partly contradictory political identities: on the one side a progressive and modern political identity, and on the other a ‘real’ and ‘authentic’ political identity. However, both identities are consistent with a digital discourse and are populist due to their pro-technological character.

  • 48.
    Nilsson, Bo
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Lundgren, Anna Sofia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR).
    'For a living countryside': political rhetoric about Swedish rural areas2018In: European Urban and Regional Studies, ISSN 0969-7764, E-ISSN 1461-7145, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 72-84Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The expression ‘a living countryside’ is often used to characterize the goal of Swedish rural politics. In this article the use of the expression in 170 non-government bills related to Swedish rural politics is analysed using discourse theory. On a general level, the expression was found to be empty of meaning and open for use by different and often opposing political parties proposing different and sometimes antagonistic measures. However, there were aspects of it that flirted with positively charged notions of Swedish national identity. It was also clear that the discursive struggle for a living countryside was also part of a party-political struggle. Further, the fantasy of a living countryside performed an ideological function in that it under-communicated how rural areas are generally and structurally subordinated to urban centres in ways that reach far beyond easily performed measures and political party quarrels.

  • 49.
    Nilsson, Bo
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Lundgren, Anna Sofia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Logics of rurality: Political rhetoric about the Swedish North2015In: Journal of Rural Studies, ISSN 0743-0167, E-ISSN 1873-1392, Vol. 37, p. 85-95Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A recurring question in regional and national politics in Sweden is how Norrland a sparsely populated and partly declining region in the north of the country will be able to survive in the long run. The answer to this question varies between different political parties. With Swedish parliamentary material (non-government bills) as the point of departure this paper examines how the region of Norrland is used and created in political rhetoric. Four discourses were identified that all tried to fixate Norrland in different ways. The paper argues that pro-Norrland arguments may be counterproductive on a discursive level due to how they are organised. By identifying two dominant logics that traversed the different discourses and affected the processes of meaning making, we describe how pro-Norrland arguments that differ ideologically and/or employ different discourses reproduced a common view of Norrland as an inherently rural, remote and problematic area. 

  • 50.
    Nilsson, Bo
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Lundgren, Anna SofiaUmeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Mitt i metoden: Kulturvetenskapliga reflektioner2012Collection (editor) (Other academic)
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