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Media, Nationalism and the Welfare System

Johansson, Maria LU (2016) UTVK03 20161
Sociology
Abstract
This study aims to investigate and explain the portrayal of refugees in Swedish media, and to use the media as a way of understanding society at large. The analysis is based on newspaper articles written during times when nationalist parties have been in parliament in Sweden, the periods being 1990 to 1995 and 2010 to 2015. By looking at how the media portrays and reports on refugees through the theoretical framework chosen, the aim is to explain why there is a reoccurrence of nationalism in society. The result suggests that there are issues in the existing world system; In the world system of today, trade is carried out across borders, with labour and goods flowing back and forth between nations. At the same time, there is no consensus on... (More)
This study aims to investigate and explain the portrayal of refugees in Swedish media, and to use the media as a way of understanding society at large. The analysis is based on newspaper articles written during times when nationalist parties have been in parliament in Sweden, the periods being 1990 to 1995 and 2010 to 2015. By looking at how the media portrays and reports on refugees through the theoretical framework chosen, the aim is to explain why there is a reoccurrence of nationalism in society. The result suggests that there are issues in the existing world system; In the world system of today, trade is carried out across borders, with labour and goods flowing back and forth between nations. At the same time, there is no consensus on what the role of the welfare state is in the globalized world, leading to debates on the right of access to a welfare system of another state. Thus, nationalists can argue that an outsider are claiming rights to a system that is not theirs. This in turns leads to a division between “us” and “them”, based on citizenship. Citizenship is used as method of claiming that one has a greater right than another, which in turn then means that people are not inherently equal, but that equality is applicable to those with citizenship alone. As long as there is no consensus on the equal right to access the welfare system, nationalism can continue to claim that some have greater right than others.
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Johansson, Maria LU
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UTVK03 20161
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Media, Nationalism, Refugees, Citizenship, Welfare System
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English
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8882557
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Media, Nationalism and the Welfare System},
  year         = {2016},
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