Segregerad medierapportering i en segregerad stad: Hur Linköpings mest segregerade stadsdel och dess invånare skildras i Östergötlands största nyhetstidning
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
This qualitative study has been made to show how local media portrays segregated neighbourhoods, since media descriptions affect its readers and their opinions. Linköping, the second most segregated city in Sweden, and its most segregated district, Skäggetorp, has been used as the study case when reviewing how the local newspaper Östgöta Correspondenten writes about the neighbourhood and its inhabitants. 47 articles, published between the 3rd of February and the 3rd of April 2015, were analysed and 16 of them are presented as examples in the paper. Media semiotics and Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis were used to break down the texts. The framing theory, Jürgen Habermas’ theories on communicative action and the public sphere, and the theories on stereotypes and the Swedish community by Ylva Brune were used to analyse the articles. The result conformed with previous research and showed that short articles were written more objectively while longer texts showed more negative descriptions of the segregated district and the people living there. When an informal language was used the portraying of the neighbourhood tended to be positive which happened very rarely. Even texts that aimed to show the good sides of Skäggetorp often used negative aspects in their descriptions.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-46020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-46020DiVA: diva2:850632