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Swedish fear of the Russian bear - A discourse analysis of the debate about the status of the national defence in newspapers in Sweden during spring 2013

Bengtsson Salomonsson, Jim LU (2013) FKVK02 20131
Department of Political Science
Abstract
By using Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’s discourse theory, the debate about military spending and the state of the Swedish national defence is examined. The material used is newspapers in Sweden and the period of interest is December 2012-May 2013. The discourse that is discernible in the debate is deconstructed by exposing the chain of equivalence that establishes meaning within it. The conclusion that is drawn is that the national defence-discourse is constructed with Russia as a defining component. It is constructed as having an impact on Swedish security and the capacity of its national defence.
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author
Bengtsson Salomonsson, Jim LU
supervisor
organization
course
FKVK02 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Laclau & Mouffe, Discourse, Russia, Sweden, Defence
language
English
id
3973093
date added to LUP
2013-09-02 10:04:49
date last changed
2013-09-02 10:04:49
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  abstract     = {By using Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’s discourse theory, the debate about military spending and the state of the Swedish national defence is examined. The material used is newspapers in Sweden and the period of interest is December 2012-May 2013. The discourse that is discernible in the debate is deconstructed by exposing the chain of equivalence that establishes meaning within it. The conclusion that is drawn is that the national defence-discourse is constructed with Russia as a defining component. It is constructed as having an impact on Swedish security and the capacity of its national defence.},
  author       = {Bengtsson Salomonsson, Jim},
  keyword      = {Laclau & Mouffe,Discourse,Russia,Sweden,Defence},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Swedish fear of the Russian bear - A discourse analysis of the debate about the status of the national defence in newspapers in Sweden during spring 2013},
  year         = {2013},
}