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“I’m here because I am a Muslim”: A combined content- discourse analysis on the Swedish media coverage of Muslim-Christian relations in contemporary Egypt.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK. (Masterprogramet i journalistik)
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The media plays an important role in forming public opinion, in broad terms media reporting

can be described a way of constructing meanings to social events and actions, both fixed and

dynamic ones. An in-depth study of the media discourse will therefore allow us, not only to

understand the conditions of modern media, but also complex social practises of meaning

making.

Given the growing importance of fair media representation in times of an ever-increasing

globalisation this thesis aims at a better understanding of the Swedish media portrayal of the

Egyptian Muslim-Christian relations. The research question is: How is the Muslim-Christian

relations in Egypt discursively presented in contemporary printed Swedish news media? A

question implying several secondary research questions concerning the way in which media

messages are produced, shared and perceived.

This thesis is divided in two parts: Primarily, a content analysis of all articles containing words

“copts” and “Egypt” from Svenska Dagbladet and Dagens Nyheter published in print during

the last nine years. In this analysis, the source, length, type, topic and presence of women/men

were quantified using manual coding and CATA.

Based on the results from the content analysis, three article-categories were identified and four

articles from these categories chosen for the second analysis, a Critical Discourse Analysis.

This analysis builds on the methodological framework by Norman Fairclough as well as the

theoretical framework about media representation developed by Stuart Hall and the orientalism

discourse critique introduced by Edward Said. The combination of Content analysis and CDA

was chosen due to the character of my research question and empirical material. Furthermore,

this method triangulation contributed to a higher validity.

The findings in this thesis showed us that orientalist discourses were present in a large part of

the material, although not undisputed, something that was showed through a identification of

three different discursive concepts that were used when portraying the Muslim-Christian

relations in Egypt – the coexistence discourse, the complexity discourse and the clashing

discourse. In accordance with the hypothesis, the formation of these discourses was proven to

depend on a number of factors such as source, author, genre and length. However, the

generalizability of this result was lowered by limited empirics and limits in methodology.

Further research, building on larger material, on the discursive formation of similar types of

media portrayal is therefore recommended.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 69
Keywords [en]
Media discourse, CDA, Content analysis, Orientalism, Muslim-Christian relations, Copts, Egypt.
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157197OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157197DiVA, id: diva2:1216956
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Bangsalen, JMK, Karlavägen 104, Stockholm (Swedish)
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