What Happened Last Night in Sweden? Analysis of Western news media portrayal of crime in Sweden

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Publication 2-year master student thesis
Title What Happened Last Night in Sweden? Analysis of Western news media portrayal of crime in Sweden
Author Hesson, Leila
Date 2019
English abstract
Background: The media have an influential role within society and with media becoming increasingly more accessible over a number of different platforms it is important to comprehend what information is being received by audiences in order to then understand the consequences. Sweden has a reputation of being one of the most reputable countries, however a new, less flattering image has been emerging. There is a growing interest in what is happening in Sweden, especially since US President Donald Trump made his illusive comments in February 2017. Aim: The aim of this study is to explore how news sources in the Western world portray crime in Sweden. Two central questions are examined, (1) what crimes in Sweden are reported in western newspapers, and (2) what are the dominant themes in western newspaper’s discussions of crime in Sweden? Method: Qualitative content analysis was employed to evaluate 249 newspaper articles gathered through NewsBank database. Content of these articles became data which was coded via a data-driven coding frame. Data was partially double coded in an attempt to check consistency. Results: Part one results find that the most popular crime type in Western media crime in Sweden reports are violent crimes. A total of 111 articles in the sample written exclusively about specific events, 76 of which are violent offences. Part two of results explores the broader discourse. Conclusion: The focus on violent crimes is linked to a political discussion surrounding growing support for populist politics. The predominant narratives are, that immigration is to blame for rising crime levels, and Sweden’s identity crisis.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Hälsa och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject Crime in the media
media portrayal
Sweden
qualitative content analysis
violent crime
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/29044 Permalink to this page
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