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"Shaming the Devil!": Performative Shame in Investigative Journalism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4846-4851
2013 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, Vol. 34, 61-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper considers the performativity of shaming in investigative TV-journalism. Itargues that the construction of shame is not only a constituent element in investigative TVjournalismbut also an important factor in pursuing some of its main objectives: establishingmorals, exercising social control, reinforcing journalistic identity and ideology, and competingfor attention in a diversified media theatre where drama, entertainment and emotionalthrills are the hard currency. An empirical study of the Swedish TV programme Uppdraggranskning, is used to inductively propose three categories of shaming and to give someexamples of the ways in which shaming is performed. The core of the paper is a theorydriven analysis in which the performativity of shaming in investigative TV-journalism isanalysed in the light of some converging media and societal trends.

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2013. Vol. 34, 61-74 p.
Keyword [en]
investigative journalism, shame, social control, morality, identity, performativity
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Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-101977OAI: diva2:706094
The Nordic Network Research in Journalism Studies

Special Issue. ISBN 978-91-86523-83-1.

Available from: 2014-03-18 Created: 2014-03-18 Last updated: 2016-09-06Bibliographically approved

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