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"Ya know, I don't mind being labeled a crackhead.": En semiotisk analys av hur tv-spelet Grand Theft Auto V skildrar hudfärg, klass och kön
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
”Ya know, I don't mind being labeled a crackhead.” A semiotic analysis of how Grand Theft Auto V depicts race, social class and gender (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to examine the representation of race, social class and gender in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V. Postcolonial theory, including terms such as cultural hegemony, whiteness and Michel Foucaults definition of power, has served as the basis for the analysis. The postcolonial theory has been combined with class theory and gender theory for an intersectional analysis. Semiotic analysis has been used as the method in the thesis, and a total of nine story missions – three for each protagonist in the game – have constituted the material. The analysis has shown that Grand Theft Auto V contains stereotypical depictions of non-hegemonic groups in society, and that these depictions serve to perpetuate negative myths about members of ethnic minorities and the working class.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 36 p.
Keyword [sv]
spel, tv-spel, datorspel, grand theft auto, kön, genus, ras, etnicitet, klass
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Media Studies Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101728OAI: diva2:801639
Educational program
Programme in Media and Communication Studies: Strategic Communication
Available from: 2015-04-10 Created: 2015-04-09 Last updated: 2015-04-10Bibliographically approved

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