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Rehnberg, Hanna Sofia
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Nikolaidou, Z., Rehnberg, H. S. & Wadensjö, C. (2023). ‘Do I Have to Say Exactly Word by Word?’ (Re)producing and Negotiating Asymmetrical Relations in Asylum Interviews. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 24(4), 745-768
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘Do I Have to Say Exactly Word by Word?’ (Re)producing and Negotiating Asymmetrical Relations in Asylum Interviews
2023 (English)In: Journal of International Migration and Integration, ISSN 1488-3473, E-ISSN 1874-6365, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 745-768Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we conduct a critical discourse analytical study of asylum interviews in order to contribute to knowledge and awareness of (a) how asymmetrical power relations are discursively (re)produced as well as manoeuvred and negotiated during the interaction and (b) what this means in terms of positioning of the participants. Focusing on a number of metacommunicative sequences characterised by a notably high degree of interpersonal complexity, we examine how participants are positioned and how positioning is discursively realised. We draw on eight observed and recorded asylum interviews conducted in Sweden 2018–2021. Metacommunicative positioning is analysed mainly with a focus on speech functions and modality. We show that metacommunication is used by all participants largely as a means of constructing an asylum narrative within the framework of an institutional discourse. The participants can position each other in (dis)advantageous ways in their attempts to deny, or sometimes claim, responsibility for miscommunication. The applicants generally obey the metacommunicative instructions given by other, more powerful participants. However, we also show an example of an applicant who makes resistance to the institutional discourse. Furthermore, all participants use metacommunication as a tool to guide each other in the conversation, thereby positioning themselves as responsible for the co-construction of the asylum narrative. Finally, we underline the benefits of conducting critical discourse analysis in the study of asylum interviews, although such studies can barely change the fact that the asylum determination process is unequal and asymmetrical in its core.

Asylum interviews, Asymmetrical relations, Discourses, Interpersonal relations, Metacommunication, Positioning
National Category
Languages and Literature
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-204018 (URN)10.1007/s12134-022-00945-2 (DOI)000773263600002 ()2-s2.0-85127299970 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-04-19 Created: 2022-04-19 Last updated: 2024-01-09Bibliographically approved
Maria, G. & Rehnberg, H. S. (2022). Newsworthiness as a Governing Principle in Public Sector Communication. Media and Communication, 10(1), 88-98
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Newsworthiness as a Governing Principle in Public Sector Communication
2022 (English)In: Media and Communication, E-ISSN 2183-2439, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 88-98Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines what qualifies as news when public agencies in Sweden claim to engage in media work. We unwrap and explore what happens when ideas about “newsworthiness” enter the practice of public sector communication. What becomes news, and how? What kinds of content are favored, how are stories told, and what voices are heard? The ideas of newsworthiness in a public sector context are here conceptualized as a logic of appropriateness that governs civil servants’ media work. We base our analysis on a three-year case study of a Swedish county council’s digital news channel, VGRfokus. The analysis focuses on how ideas of newsworthiness are constructed and mirrored in and through the content of VGRfokus, as well as how they are reflected and acted upon by communications professionals working at the news channel. We suggest that ideas of newsworthiness may function as a governing principle and tone down or even hide conflicts and tensions between key values of bureaucracy and market, otherwise often manifested in public sector communication.

bureaucratic values, civic information, digital news channel, logic of appropriateness, market values, newsworthiness, public sector communication, media work, strategic communication, VGRfokus
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Business Administration; Linguistics
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-201820 (URN)10.17645/mac.v10i1.4390 (DOI)000746066800009 ()
Available from: 2022-02-07 Created: 2022-02-07 Last updated: 2022-02-09Bibliographically approved
Grafström, M., Rehnberg, H. S. & Tenor, C. (2021). Journalism as a means in municipal communication: Professional norms and practices in flux. In: : . Paper presented at NordMedia Conference 2021, Reykjavík, Iceland, August 18-20, 2021. ONLINE.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Journalism as a means in municipal communication: Professional norms and practices in flux
2021 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
communication, communicator, journalism, municipality, professional norms, professional practices, professional roles, professional transition, public sector
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Administration
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-199646 (URN)
NordMedia Conference 2021, Reykjavík, Iceland, August 18-20, 2021. ONLINE
Available from: 2021-12-13 Created: 2021-12-13 Last updated: 2023-05-23
Rehnberg, H. S. & Grafström, M. (2020). Using counter-narrative to defend a master narrative: Discursive struggles reorganizing the media landscape. In: Klarissa Luego, Marianne Wolff Lundholt (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Counter-Narratives: (pp. 209-222). Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Using counter-narrative to defend a master narrative: Discursive struggles reorganizing the media landscape
2020 (English)In: Routledge Handbook of Counter-Narratives / [ed] Klarissa Luego, Marianne Wolff Lundholt, Routledge, 2020, p. 209-222Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter focuses on discursive struggles in the media landscape as it is being radically reorganized. We explore the narrative of a newcomer challenging the traditional narrative about journalism – what we here understand as the master narrative – that carries the idea that news production is a practise reserved exclusively for journalists. We build our analysis on a case study of VGRfokus, a digital communication channel launched in November 2017 by the Region Västra Götaland, a county council on the west coast of Sweden. The launching of VGRfokus was met by critical reactions among journalists in legacy media. At stake, as it appeared, was the role and content of journalism per se. Our analysis, based on one article published in VGRfokus and subsequent articles published in legacy media, shows that a counter-narrative must not emerge in opposition with another narrative; rather it could be positioned as a counter-narrative in a defensive act performed by those representing and guarding the master narrative. Furthermore, our analysis suggests that the tissue of narratives surrounding a professional institution increases in complexity in times characterized by a weakened master narrative, since the struggle itself tends to make the narratives more polemic.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2020
Routledge International Handbooks
counter-narrative, master narrative, discursive struggle, journalism, news production, media
National Category
Media Studies
Research subject
Journalism; Business Administration; Linguistics
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-187040 (URN)10.4324/9780429279713-19 (DOI)9780367234034 (ISBN)9780429279713 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-12-02 Created: 2020-12-02 Last updated: 2023-11-29Bibliographically approved

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