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En gemensam verklighet?: En mediaanalys om medias gestaltningsmakt av asylsökande flyktinggrupper i Sverige. 
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In today’s society media constitutes an arena with the opportunity for social communication. The arena is made up of subjective opinions that often leads to free debates about the subjects written about. The recent refugee situation has been highlighted in Swedish media during 2015 and has received widespread attention from various media outlets.

The purpose of this paper is to examine how different Swedish newspapers chooses to portray the arriving asylumseekers. The material used is a selection of editorial pages in five daily newspapers. The theories used to evaluate how the newspapers are portraying the asylum seekers is the framing theory and agenda-setting theory.

This research uses a qualitative case study approach that is complemented with a media analysis.

The results of the research indicate that editorial writers do not differentiate in their description between different ethnic or cultural groups that are seeking asylum. Rather, there is a strong focus in writing about how the refugees are contributing negatively in the development of the Swedish society. The results also showed an indication that the content differs depending on the political standing of the newspaper. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
agenda-setting theory, asylum seekers, case study, framing theory, the media, media analysis, refugees, refugee groups.
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48639OAI: diva2:892286
Subject / course
Political Science
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-09 Last updated: 2016-01-12Bibliographically approved

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