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Bilder av Ryssland: Annorlundahet och misstro i samtida svensk Rysslandsdiskurs

Svensson, John (2007)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis analyzes contemporary Swedish discourse on Russia, i.e. the ways Russia and Russians are perceived in Sweden today. After a summary of historical Western and Swedish perceptions of Russia, and a discussion about the treatment of these tensions within modern research, contemporary Swedish discourse is reconstructed based upon analytical articles in three major newspapers during the period 1992-2007. It is argued that the prevailing image of Russia contains the reproduction of old stereotypes and prejudices. The five major representations of Russia in contemporary Swedish discourse are: non-Western, unreliable, authoritarian, threatening and eternal, with the last one being a meta-representation functioning both as a... (More)
This thesis analyzes contemporary Swedish discourse on Russia, i.e. the ways Russia and Russians are perceived in Sweden today. After a summary of historical Western and Swedish perceptions of Russia, and a discussion about the treatment of these tensions within modern research, contemporary Swedish discourse is reconstructed based upon analytical articles in three major newspapers during the period 1992-2007. It is argued that the prevailing image of Russia contains the reproduction of old stereotypes and prejudices. The five major representations of Russia in contemporary Swedish discourse are: non-Western, unreliable, authoritarian, threatening and eternal, with the last one being a meta-representation functioning both as a representation of its own and a mechanism for the reification of the others. This discoursive chain of equivalence is tantamount to a mental journey, which starts with the construction of Russia as an enigma, and ends in pure enmity. Finally, the importance of non-biased analysis is stressed, especially in - and not in spite of - times of tensions vis-à-vis the Russian regime. (Less)
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author
Svensson, John
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Ryssland, Sverige, diskursanalys, stereotyper, fördomar, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
id
1321323
date added to LUP
2007-06-12 00:00:00
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2007-06-12 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {This thesis analyzes contemporary Swedish discourse on Russia, i.e. the ways Russia and Russians are perceived in Sweden today. After a summary of historical Western and Swedish perceptions of Russia, and a discussion about the treatment of these tensions within modern research, contemporary Swedish discourse is reconstructed based upon analytical articles in three major newspapers during the period 1992-2007. It is argued that the prevailing image of Russia contains the reproduction of old stereotypes and prejudices. The five major representations of Russia in contemporary Swedish discourse are: non-Western, unreliable, authoritarian, threatening and eternal, with the last one being a meta-representation functioning both as a representation of its own and a mechanism for the reification of the others. This discoursive chain of equivalence is tantamount to a mental journey, which starts with the construction of Russia as an enigma, and ends in pure enmity. Finally, the importance of non-biased analysis is stressed, especially in - and not in spite of - times of tensions vis-à-vis the Russian regime.},
  author       = {Svensson, John},
  keyword      = {Ryssland,Sverige,diskursanalys,stereotyper,fördomar,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Bilder av Ryssland: Annorlundahet och misstro i samtida svensk Rysslandsdiskurs},
  year         = {2007},
}