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Den polariserande politikern: En kvalitativ studie av hur Boris Johnson gestaltas i svensk och brittisk press
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The polarising politician : A qualitative study of Boris Johnson in Swedish and British newspapers. (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this bachelors thesis has been to examine and analyse the framing used when reporting about Boris Johnson in context with Brexit in both Swedish and British media coverage. The research questions examined in this study were: In what way is Boris Johnson framed in British and Swedish media coverage surrounding Brexit in his first three weeks as prime minister?

What could explain the possible differences that occurs between the Swedish and British media coverage?

I have in combination with a qualitative text analysis as well as framing theory and news valuation theory analysed material from four major news papers. Two news papers from Sweden, Dagens Nyheter and Aftonbladet. As well as two from Great Britain, The Guardian UK and The Sun UK. One of each county’s news paper focuses on qualitative and objective journalism and one from each country which can be regarded as a tabloid, evening paper, from these four news papers a total of 12 articles, three from each paper was selected. To arrive at my conclusion every article was analysed trough what frame, conflict, personification or elite person, Boris Johnson was portrayed as well as if the frames felt clear, subtle or well as if any frame could not be found in the text.

Through the analysis I found the result to be that every article had personified Boris Johnson with Brexit, even if the article did not directly have a focus on the Brexit conflict. The personification is a constant backgrung trough every individual article. Secondly I found that the frames through which the newspapers portrayed conflict differed, depending from which country the news paper reported from. The Swedish news papers portrayed conflict through a broader perspective, having a stronger focus on Brexit as a concept whilst the British newspaper framed conflict in a much more detailed way. Focusing on more detailed topics with higher interest for the british population. 

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2019. , p. 42
Keywords [en]
Boris Johnson, Brexit, framing theory, news valuation theory, journalism, personification, conflict, elite person, comparative, Sweden, Great Britain
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-91355OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-91355DiVA, id: diva2:1388922
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Journalism
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Journalism and Media Production Programme, 180 credits
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