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Engaging with The Bridge : cultural citizenship, cross-border identities and audiences as ‘regionauts’

Askanius, Tina LU (2017) In European Journal of Cultural Studies
Abstract
This article explores civic engagement with the Danish/Swedish crime
series The Bridge (SVT/DR 2011-) based on qualitative interviews with 113
audiences and drawing on the notion of cultural citizenship. The
perspective of cultural citizenship, as understood and operationalised
mainly by Hermes (2005) is married with critical perspectives on the crime
drama genre and its audiences along with cultural analysis of the
construction of and engagement with the cross-border region in which the
drama is set. The analysis shows that civic engagement with the crime
series is prompted through the construction of community and allegiances
through which audiences feel connected. This argument unfolds in... (More)
This article explores civic engagement with the Danish/Swedish crime
series The Bridge (SVT/DR 2011-) based on qualitative interviews with 113
audiences and drawing on the notion of cultural citizenship. The
perspective of cultural citizenship, as understood and operationalised
mainly by Hermes (2005) is married with critical perspectives on the crime
drama genre and its audiences along with cultural analysis of the
construction of and engagement with the cross-border region in which the
drama is set. The analysis shows that civic engagement with the crime
series is prompted through the construction of community and allegiances
through which audiences feel connected. This argument unfolds in three
main analytical sections detailing how audiences’ articulations of
community are focused around distinct yet overlapping dimensions of
community as 1) a national social ritual, 2) a sense of Nordic community
and finally 3) community as regional identity and sense of belonging to a
borderless Öresund utopia – the integrated region between Denmark and
Sweden. In so doing, the article offers rich insights into how audiences
shape civic identities as members of nation states, historical and cultural
regions and as border-crossers between these geo-cultural entities in
dialogue with popular culture and around the boundary-work of the
different communities offered by such texts.
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civic engagement, cultural citizenship, audiences, crime fiction, The Bridge, Scandinavian and Nordic Countries
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  abstract     = {This article explores civic engagement with the Danish/Swedish crime<br/>series The Bridge (SVT/DR 2011-) based on qualitative interviews with 113<br/>audiences and drawing on the notion of cultural citizenship. The<br/>perspective of cultural citizenship, as understood and operationalised<br/>mainly by Hermes (2005) is married with critical perspectives on the crime<br/>drama genre and its audiences along with cultural analysis of the<br/>construction of and engagement with the cross-border region in which the<br/>drama is set. The analysis shows that civic engagement with the crime<br/>series is prompted through the construction of community and allegiances<br/>through which audiences feel connected. This argument unfolds in three<br/>main analytical sections detailing how audiences’ articulations of<br/>community are focused around distinct yet overlapping dimensions of<br/>community as 1) a national social ritual, 2) a sense of Nordic community<br/>and finally 3) community as regional identity and sense of belonging to a<br/>borderless Öresund utopia – the integrated region between Denmark and<br/>Sweden. In so doing, the article offers rich insights into how audiences<br/>shape civic identities as members of nation states, historical and cultural<br/>regions and as border-crossers between these geo-cultural entities in<br/>dialogue with popular culture and around the boundary-work of the<br/>different communities offered by such texts.<br/>},
  author       = {Askanius, Tina},
  issn         = {1367-5494},
  keyword      = {civic engagement,cultural citizenship,audiences,crime fiction,The Bridge,Scandinavian and Nordic Countries},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {09},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications},
  series       = {European Journal of Cultural Studies},
  title        = {Engaging with <i>The Bridge</i> : cultural citizenship, cross-border identities and audiences as ‘regionauts’},
  year         = {2017},
}