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Främligarna mitt ibland oss: En kritisk diskursanalys om hur asylsökande konstrueras i svenska lokaltidningar.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The strangers that live among us (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to investigate how local newspapers in Sweden frame newsstories involving asylumseekers and how the asylseekers in those stories are constructed from a postcolonial theoryperspective. Furthermore this thesis aims to analys and show the connection between the written word in the articles and a larger, social dimension where ideologies compete for cultural hegemony. To match the aims of this thesis we used a critical discourse analysis, more specificly one influenced by van Dijks socio-cognitive CDA and applied it to five articles from three different newspapers.Our analysis showed that the articles constructed the asylumseekers as Others, and created a dinstinct line between the asylumseekers and the other participants in the texts. This line, based on a constructed community including the article, the reader and some of the participants but excluding the asylumseekers, got significant meaning in the articles when the asylumseekers got identified as a homogenic social group. A perspecive coming from the constructed community and not from themselfes and therefor denying the asylsumseekers their right to define themselves.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 62 p.
Keyword [en]
CDA, critical discourse analysis, van Dijk, framing
Keyword [sv]
Asylboende, asylsökande, flykting, flyktingar, lokal, lokala medier, lokaltidningar, kritisk diskursanalys, gestaltning, postkolonialism, vi och dem, diskurs.
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Media Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49172OAI: diva2:896575
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Educational program
Journalism and Media Production Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-02-15 Created: 2016-01-21 Last updated: 2016-02-15Bibliographically approved

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