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Problemperspektiv i mediediskurser: Framställningar av personer som begått brott
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Social Sciences.
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Social Sciences.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 210 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Problem perspective in media discourses : The production of persons who committed crime (English)
Abstract [en]

The present study has investigated how people who committed crimes are portrayed in media discourses in five articles published in the newspaper Aftonbladet. The purpose of the study is to contribute knowledge about how people who have committed crimes are portrayed in media discourses and try to understand the essay's examples of representations based on a social constructivist approach. Through this, the study wants to increase social workers' awareness of these representations. It is a qualitative study based on Håkan Jönsson's problem perspective and his analysis scheme. This type of method can be compared to discourse analysis. When the study material was processed, a result emerged that we found interesting to analyse based on the theories of stigma and language as a system. The conclusions drawn by the study are that the presentation in media discourses of persons who have committed crimes is partly negative, in four of the five articles. Instead, the fifth article portrays people who have committed crimes as, among other things, wilful. Another conclusion is that these representations can be understood as a part of a possible stigmatizing of people who have committed crimes and that language can have a contributing part in this stigma. In the fifth article that did not portray people who committed a crime in a negative way, we can see an attempt lifting the stigma of the group. These conclusions are then discussed in relation to the current state of knowledge that includes research on the media and its impact on society has evolved over time, how the media and democracy coexist, how people who have committed crimes are treated in the Swedish labour market, and a similar study on the media's presentation of another socially vulnerable group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 52
Keywords [en]
Discourse, Media and crime, Stigma, Social constructionism, Problem perspective
Keywords [sv]
Diskurs, Media och brott, Stigma, Socialkonstruktionism, Problemperspektiv
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-7793OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-7793DiVA, id: diva2:1350416
Educational program
Socionomprogrammet 210 hp
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2019-09-13 Created: 2019-09-11 Last updated: 2019-09-13Bibliographically approved

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