Living with Cosmopolitan: An Empirical News Audience Study of Transnational Young Professionals and Their Multiple Mobilities
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 108 p.
transnational, young professional, cosmopolitan, news consumption, mobility, cultural capital
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-194513OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-194513DiVA: diva2:605653
Subject / course
Media and Communication Studies
Master Programme in Social Sciences
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Christensen, Christian, professor
Hedman, Lowe, professor