Editorial Framing. Critical Discourse Analysis of Swedish Editorials.

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Editorial Framing. Critical Discourse Analysis of Swedish Editorials.
Author(s) Hannah, Lemoine
Date 2016
English abstract
In this thesis I have conducted a critical discourse analysis of four editorial texts, published in the newspapers Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Expressen and Svenska Dagbladet. Drawing on theories about media discourses (Fairclough 1995), agenda-setting (McCombs & Shaw 1972) and framing (Goffman 1974), I have examined how the findings of Bolin et al (2016) correlate with discursively framed representations in these texts, in regards to negative, positive or neutral framing of border controls, immigration and the connection made to political parties during the first week of January 2016, when the Swedish temporary border controls were introduced. The results showed both consistencies and inconsistencies in regards to framing, where the liberal newspapers Dagens Nyheter and Expressen’s editorials were less negative towards the border controls and expressed more negative and stereotypical framings on refugees and migration than expected, whereas the independent social democratic Aftonbladet expressed the assumed negative framing on border controls and the Social Democrates, and positive framing on migration. The most unexpected findings was Svenska Dagbladet that contrary to the previous findings in Bolin et al’s study framed migration positively and took the most explicit stand against the border controls. The findings may indicate a political and cultural change due to the change in directions in the Social Democrats migration politics.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 69
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Fairclough
Critical Discourse Analysis
Framing Theory
Media Discourse
Border Control
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/21347 (link to this page)

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