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Living with Cosmopolitan: An Empirical News Audience Study of Transnational Young Professionals and Their Multiple Mobilities
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

With a general concern for the role played by media and communication in individuals’ mobility  in a world where national borders are dissolving and people’s lives are becoming increasingly mediated, this empirical study sought to investigate a group of transnational young professionals’ daily news consumption and their mobile life experiences by conducting face-to-face interviews with target individuals in both Thailand and Sweden, and combining the results with an analysis from a theoretical perspective enlightened by cosmopolitanism and cultural capital. The study identified a set of distinctive news consumption tastes and multiple mobilities possessed by the interviewees. It demonstrates that news consumption can: 1) directly affect the mobile young professionals’ corporeal mobility by providing information about potential movement opportunities; 2) increase their social mobility by enabling them to accumulate cultural capital; and 3) expand their imaginative mobility by increasing their visuality of the multiple communities to which they belong. Conversely, any change in their multiple mobilities is reflected in a corresponding change in their choices of news consumption. 

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2012. , 108 p.
Keyword [en]
transnational, young professional, cosmopolitan, news consumption, mobility, cultural capital
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Media Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-194513OAI: diva2:605653
Subject / course
Media and Communication Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Social Sciences
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-02-15 Created: 2013-02-14 Last updated: 2013-02-15Bibliographically approved

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