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The politics of fear, mobility, and media discourses : A case study of Malmö

Stjernborg, Vanessa; Tesfahuney, Mekonnen and Wretstrand, Anders LU (2015) In Transfers 5(1). p.7-27
Abstract

This study focuses on Seved, a segregated and socioeconomically "poor" neighborhood in the city of Malmö in Sweden. It has attracted wide media coverage, a possible consequence of which is its increased stigmatization. The wide disparity between perceived or imagined fear and the actual incidence of, or exposure to, violence attests to the important role of the media in shaping mental maps and place images. Critical discourse analysis of daily newspaper articles shows that Seved is predominantly construed as unruly and a place of lawlessness. Mobility comprises an important aspect of the stigmatization of places, the politics of fear, and discourses of the "other." In turn, place stigmatization, discourses of the other, and the politics... (More)

This study focuses on Seved, a segregated and socioeconomically "poor" neighborhood in the city of Malmö in Sweden. It has attracted wide media coverage, a possible consequence of which is its increased stigmatization. The wide disparity between perceived or imagined fear and the actual incidence of, or exposure to, violence attests to the important role of the media in shaping mental maps and place images. Critical discourse analysis of daily newspaper articles shows that Seved is predominantly construed as unruly and a place of lawlessness. Mobility comprises an important aspect of the stigmatization of places, the politics of fear, and discourses of the "other." In turn, place stigmatization, discourses of the other, and the politics of fear directly and indirectly affect mobility strategies of individuals and groups.

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Critical discourse analysis, Globalization, Migration, Neoliberalism, Spaces of fear, Stigmatization, Surveillance, Urban mobility
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Transfers
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21 pages
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Berghahn Books Inc.
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2045-4813
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10.3167/TRANS.2015.050103
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  author       = {Stjernborg, Vanessa and Tesfahuney, Mekonnen and Wretstrand, Anders},
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  title        = {The politics of fear, mobility, and media discourses : A case study of Malmö},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/TRANS.2015.050103},
  volume       = {5},
  year         = {2015},
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