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The Resolution: A discourse analysis of how the Swedish Riksdagen resolution on the Armenian genocide was discussed in the blogosphere
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the Swedish blogosphere and how this symbolic public sphere negotiated the Swedish resolution on the Armenian genocide of 2010. The resolution caused intense debate in Sweden for a while and it caused reactions from Turkey. Blogs are often regarded as alternative citizen journalism and it is the aim of the study to establish how the blogosphere discussed the issue and how interpretations of Sweden and Turkey were portrayed.

The theoretical takeoff is discourse theory with central notions power and knowledge and how these entities reflect in modern blogging.

A quantitative content analysis and a qualitative discourse analysis are used to establish discursive themes and how Sweden and Turkey were depicted in the blogosphere.

Findings indicate that Turkish denials of naming the atrocities genocide reflect Swedish self-images. When Turkey was portyed as a somewhat undemocratic, intuitive country with a powerful military and hints of islamism, Sweden was presented as a normality of democracy, reason and coward compassion. Arguments from leading politicians and historians were frequently referred to and negotiated, indicating discursive power both from formal political and scholar sources.

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2011. , 41 p.
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-59189OAI: diva2:425456
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-04-08 Created: 2011-06-21 Last updated: 2014-08-06Bibliographically approved

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