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Idylliska landsbygden och stora stygga staden - En jämförande studie av medierapportering kring sociala problem på landsbygden och i tätort

Sivenius, Katarina LU (2015) SOPA63 20151
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was to examine how social problems are described and constructed in the printed press from two different regions in the south of Sweden; the rural municipality of Svalöv and the densely populated city Malmö. The study was based on news articles from the printed newspaper with the biggest daily circulation, from the respective areas. Articles relating to a predetermined array of social problems were collected from a ten-day period. The number of articles from the respective areas differed greatly, with the number of articles from the city being ten times greater than those from the rural municipality. The articles were analysed with constructs from Faircloughs Critical Discourse Analysis. Faircloughs method of... (More)
The aim of this study was to examine how social problems are described and constructed in the printed press from two different regions in the south of Sweden; the rural municipality of Svalöv and the densely populated city Malmö. The study was based on news articles from the printed newspaper with the biggest daily circulation, from the respective areas. Articles relating to a predetermined array of social problems were collected from a ten-day period. The number of articles from the respective areas differed greatly, with the number of articles from the city being ten times greater than those from the rural municipality. The articles were analysed with constructs from Faircloughs Critical Discourse Analysis. Faircloughs method of analysing text with the aid of Systemic Functional Linguistics was replaced with the more versatile approach of Content Analysis. This proved to be a more suitable method of analysing a larger sample size. The process included distinguishing themes and identifying discourses in the articles from the two newspapers and comparing them. Findings showed that a disproportionately large percentage of the articles from both areas included the reporting of crimes, and in the case of Malmö, violent crimes and murder. Very few articles related to other kinds of social problems, for example poverty or substance abuse. Furthermore, the relation between the frequency of articles regarding murder in the Malmö newspaper and official statistics was found to be skewed; a calculation of ratio between the two showed that news about murder was greatly overrepresented in comparison to official statistics. Additionally, findings suggested that there are differences in how the two newspapers draw on other discourses, with the rural newspaper having a low level of interdiscursivity and the urban newspaper a relatively high level of interdiscursivity. (Less)
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Sivenius, Katarina LU
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SOPA63 20151
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Fairclough, media coverage, printed newspapers, social problems, discourse analysis
language
Swedish
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7861862
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study was to examine how social problems are described and constructed in the printed press from two different regions in the south of Sweden; the rural municipality of Svalöv and the densely populated city Malmö. The study was based on news articles from the printed newspaper with the biggest daily circulation, from the respective areas. Articles relating to a predetermined array of social problems were collected from a ten-day period. The number of articles from the respective areas differed greatly, with the number of articles from the city being ten times greater than those from the rural municipality. The articles were analysed with constructs from Faircloughs Critical Discourse Analysis. Faircloughs method of analysing text with the aid of Systemic Functional Linguistics was replaced with the more versatile approach of Content Analysis. This proved to be a more suitable method of analysing a larger sample size. The process included distinguishing themes and identifying discourses in the articles from the two newspapers and comparing them. Findings showed that a disproportionately large percentage of the articles from both areas included the reporting of crimes, and in the case of Malmö, violent crimes and murder. Very few articles related to other kinds of social problems, for example poverty or substance abuse. Furthermore, the relation between the frequency of articles regarding murder in the Malmö newspaper and official statistics was found to be skewed; a calculation of ratio between the two showed that news about murder was greatly overrepresented in comparison to official statistics. Additionally, findings suggested that there are differences in how the two newspapers draw on other discourses, with the rural newspaper having a low level of interdiscursivity and the urban newspaper a relatively high level of interdiscursivity.},
  author       = {Sivenius, Katarina},
  keyword      = {Fairclough,media coverage,printed newspapers,social problems,discourse analysis},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Idylliska landsbygden och stora stygga staden - En jämförande studie av medierapportering kring sociala problem på landsbygden och i tätort},
  year         = {2015},
}