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Män, kvinnor och levande döda.: En kvalitativ analys av tv-serien The Walking Dead
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Men, women and the living dead : A qualitative analysis of the tv-series The Walking Dead (English)
Abstract [en]

The Walking Dead is a popular American tv-series set in the near future, or an alternative present. Society has fallen and colapsed into a more post-apocalyptic state. Till this date the seires has reached its third season, and each episode has several million viewers around the world. In this essay the author tries to see how the tv-series reprensatation of men and women looks like. Media, such as tv-series, acts as great source of inspiration when people tries to understand the world around them. If men and women are representated diffrently that may effect how the viewers treat people in general.

The purpose of this study wass to examine how men and women were portrayed in the series. What wass classed as typical male and female and how men and women relate to each other in different situations. In order to properly answer to the studys purpose previous research on gender, femininities, masculinities and stereotypes were applied. The material were then examined in a qualitative content analysis with a semiotic approach where the text were studied to elucidate its denotative and connotative meanings. In short, thhe study shows that men and women are equipped with very different abilities. The woman is often portrayed as weak while the man, almost always, is portrayed as the stronger one.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
Zombies, Zombie, The Walking Dead, man, woman, gender, stereotypes, representation
Keyword [sv]
Zombies, Zombie, The Walking Dead, män, kvinnor, genus, stereotyper, representation
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-70372OAI: diva2:621267
Educational program
Programme in Media and Communication Studies: Strategic Communication
Available from: 2013-08-09 Created: 2013-05-14 Last updated: 2013-08-09Bibliographically approved

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