Unaccompanied minors in Swedish media - A critical discourse analysis on media constructions of Afghan unaccompanied minors in Aftonbladet and Expressen

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Unaccompanied minors in Swedish media - A critical discourse analysis on media constructions of Afghan unaccompanied minors in Aftonbladet and Expressen

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title Unaccompanied minors in Swedish media - A critical discourse analysis on media constructions of Afghan unaccompanied minors in Aftonbladet and Expressen
Author Lennartsson, Vanessa
Date 2019
English abstract
The ability of media to create powerful images, which shape how readers understand certain issues, is very important, especially when linked to questions regarding the attitude towards the Other. This study focuses on a problem which has not been sufficiently addressed by researchers so far – how unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan are constructed in Swedish media. Using Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis in combination with postcolonial theory, eight news pieces were selected from two of Sweden’s leading newspapers; Aftonbladet and Expressen, in order to provide a deeper understanding of the discourses underpinning these constructions. Thus, this paper finds that the media coverage of the group is often negative and conflict-centered, framing the unaccompanied minors as either suspected liars or criminals which further contributes to the polarization between “Us” and “Them” in the Swedish society. Framing unaccompanied minors in this way, Aftonbladet and Expressen can contribute to the (re)production of stereotypes, affect public opinion and influence political decision and action regarding the group.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject unaccompanied minors
critical discourse analysis
news media
othering
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/28904 Permalink to this page
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