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Den globala rättviserörelsen i svenska medier: Hegemoniska formationer i relationen mellan journalistik och kapitalism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
2011 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
The Global Justice Movement in Swedish media : Hegemonic formations in the relation between journalism and capitalism (English)
Abstract [en]

The mobilisations against global summits towards the end of the last millennium, and the creation of the World Social Forum (WSF) in 2001, made an emerging global network of social movements visible. This thesis analyses media representations of the global justice movement, with the intention of exploring the relation between journalism and hegemonic formations in the capitalist system. The analysis includes representations of social mobilisations against global summits between 1999 and 2007, and the WSF between 2001 and 2007, in all Swedish daily newspapers. The analysis draws on theories of journalism as a social institution, and Gramsci’s concept of hegemonic formations.

Using critical discourse analysis (CDA), the dissertation reveals that the representation of protests subordinates political aspects to violence, and that discursive violence presupposes physical violence. The protests are generally defined from of a hegemonic position of the political, but sometimes protest emerges in relation to legitimate political departure points. Simultaneously it is also downplayed as anti-political. The representation of WSF is more heterogeneous. It is portrayed as: an alternative, an anti-movement, and a carnival. Some aspects of violence are also highlighted through the presence of absent violence. The representations both reproduce a hegemonic order, and in some cases highlight hegemonic struggle.

The thesis concludes that the global justice movement actualizes relations between dominance and resistance in the global system, but that the distance between the social mobilization and the Swedish context, transforms the protests and the WSF to temporary and partly isolated events. The historical continuity in the relations between social mobilization and news journalism shows that social movements cannot rely upon conventional news coverage.

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Stockholm: Institutionen för journalistik, medier och kommunikation (JMK), Stockholms universitet , 2011. , 297 p.
Doktorsavhandlingar från JMK, ISSN 1102-3015 ; 40
Keyword [en]
Globalization, capitalism, journalism, newspapers, hegemony, Global justice movement, World Social Forum, protests, Critical Discourse Analysis, social change, violence, politics
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-56690ISBN: 978-91-7447-252-3OAI: diva2:412218
Public defence
2011-06-10, JMK-salen, Garnisonen, Karlavägen 104, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2011-05-12 Created: 2011-04-21 Last updated: 2011-04-25Bibliographically approved

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