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Ryska grymheter och svensk judefara: Pogromer i Ryssland och östjudisk invandring i svensk dagspress 1881 – 1921
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2013 (English)In: Nordmedia2013: Media and communication history, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The anti-Jewish pogroms in the former Imperial Russia in late 1800s and early 1900s were outbreaks of ethnic violence on a scale hitherto unprecedented under tsarist rule. This paper sets out to investigate how Swedish newspapers framed the anti-Jewish violence in Russia, and the Jewish immigration to Sweden during the period of 1881 to 1921. Furthermore I analyze how the Swedish newspapers framed differences between the Jewish minority and the Swedish majority, and between the newly arrived Jews and the already established Jewish community in Sweden.

The study combines quantitative and qualitative methods and it is based on articles gathered from the National Library's digital database Digitized Swedish Newspapers.

A preliminary analysis of some 400 articles suggests that pro-Jewish perspectives dominate the reporting on violence against Jews in Russia.  In these texts the Jews are mainly framed as innocent victims of brutal violence. In the articles concerning the Jewish immigration to Sweden the negative, and sometimes anti-Semitic, attitudes are the most prominent. The Jewish immigrants are framed as menacing intruders, threatening law and order and the Swedish welfare. Theoretically the study draws, among other things, on framing analysis, nationalism, inclusion/exclusion, ethnicity and minorities (e.g.; Entman 2004; Gellner 1997; van Gorp 2005), and on research on the pogroms and anti-Jewish violence in Russia (e. g. Klier & Lambroza 1992).

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Antisemitism, press history, pogroms, framing analysis, nationalism, minorities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-95878OAI: diva2:662116
Nordmedia2013, "Defending Democracy: Nordic and global diversities in media and journalism", Oslo, Norway, August 8–11, 2013
Available from: 2013-11-06 Created: 2013-11-06 Last updated: 2014-03-24Bibliographically approved

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