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Diskriminerande diskurser i lokala medier: En kvalitativ studie om hur människor som omfattas av diskrimineringsgrunderna etnisk tillhörighet och funktionsnedsättning framställs i Östergötlands lokalmedia
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Discriminating discourses in local media : A qualitative study on how people who are subject to the discrimination groups, ethnicity and disability, are presented in Östergötland's local media (English)
Abstract [en]

Statistics show that “ethnic affiliation” and “disability”, under the discrimination law, with a margin constitute most of the discrimination reports made in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The purpose of this thesis is to describe how Östergötland's local media construct and maintain the image of people who are protected by law of discrimination. Our goal is to explain of how the media can have the power to influence society's general perception of these two groups. Through the social constructionism theory and the critical discourse analysis, we explain how general perceptions of these groups can lead to negative attitudes and discrimination.

Through a critical discourse analysis and a qualitative text analysis of articles from Östgöta Correspondenten and Norrköpings Tidningar regarding these groups showed that people with disabilities were often presented as a "burden" of some kind and rarely described as "just” individuals but instead defined or biasedly nuanced based on their disability. People with foreign background were generalized and forced to represent a larger group. The topic of the articles were often negative, and it was common with dehumanization and objectification.

The media, which is easily accessible as newspaper articles can generate in common "truths" that might collectively lead to social action. Our study result shows that media reflects a society, in which people with disability and foreign background are marginalized and placed outside the norm. That kind of categorization may likely lead to negative attitudes and exclusion for the affected groups.

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2019. , p. 47
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discrimination, disability, ethnicity, discourse analysis, social constructivism
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-160221ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-G--19/02143--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-160221DiVA, id: diva2:1350658
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Bachelor Thesis in Political Science
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