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Pox-rättegången, Mangafallet och Tintin-gate: en diskursanalys av debatter och nyhetsrapportering i svensk media om tecknade serier och censur
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Pox Trial, the Manga Case and Tintin Gate : a Discourse Analysis of News and Debates in Swedish Media about Comics and Censorship (English)
Abstract [en]

The study aims to examine how censorship and comics have been discussed in three debates. The aim is also to identify discourses and the orders and relations of power constructed in the debates, and to examine how librarians should handle debates about censorship and comics. Selected sources are articles from Swedish newspapers and tabloids about the debates on the Pox-trial, the manga case and the debate about Tintin in Kulturhuset. The results from the analysis indicates that the debates have been dominated by two main discourses: a discourse on freedom of speech and a discourse on social responsibility. Within the discourse of freedom of speech there is a range of perspectives that emphasize: artistic freedom, the need for open and free conversations, a discussion about how the comics are assessed in comparison with other media formats as well as a discussion about moral and moralism. The discourse of social responsibility results in a feminist and anti-porn discourse, a post-colonial and anti-racist discourse and a discourse on the protection of children and young people. Based on these results, the discourses can be analysed in relation to the laws, values and ethical guidelines for libraries. The analysis indicates that libraries and librarians should keep a balance between freeedom of speech and social responsibility. They could keep up to date with research about censorship, comics and various genres in order to make informed decisions about how to handle comics in the libraries. The librarian should also assess the comics on the same bases as literature, music, film and other cultural expressions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 82 p.
Keyword [en]
Comic books, Censorship, Freedom of speech, Debates
Keyword [sv]
tecknade serier, censur, förbjudna böcker, yttrandefrihet, kulturdebatt, biblioteksdebatt
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-201428Local ID: 597OAI: diva2:627536
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-06-19 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2013-06-19Bibliographically approved

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