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Begreppet med fäste i gråzonen: Korruptionsdefinitionen i Hufvudstadsbladets nyhetsrapportering
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The concept caught in the grey area : The definition of corruption in news stories publiced by Hufvudstadsbladet (English)
Abstract [en]

In this study, my intention has been to examine how the ambiguous concept of corruption is constructed by the press. Emphasizing the media’s representations of the socially constructed and context-specific concept, this work adopts a critical perspective on discourse, together with an approach of conceptual history. Finland has for many years been appointed as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, signing several international conventions against corruption since the 1990s, which in turn has led to an increase in discussion regarding the phenomenon. By conducting a multi-method study, my aim has been to analyse the possible changes in the definition of ”corruption” in the Finnish newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet during the period 2000-2013. Using the theoretical framework of Fairclough’s media discourse and Koselleck’s conceptual history, the concept has been analysed in light of Finnish legislation regarding corruption during this period. The analysis yielded several results. The concept of corruption is defined as a both moral and legal problem, resulting in shifting meanings. A change in the representation of levels of corruption in Finland, from optimistic to pessimistic is illustrated, which is upheld in the press by results from international corruption surveys and statements made by those in power. Overall, while discourse on corruption is both constructed and transformed by journalists, it has ideological effects when what is presented as facts are in reality based on statements made by experts and political actors.  Finally the analysis shows that “corruption” and “trust”, being asymmetrical concepts, constitute an inseparable pair of concepts. In a democratic country these concepts depend on each other, making corruption a matter of the entire society. I propose that further research examine the possible changes in the concept of corruption over a longer period of time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Corruption, Hufvudstadsbladet, Conceptual history, Koselleck, Media discourse, Fairclough
Keyword [sv]
Korruption, Hufvudstadsbladet, begrepphistoria, Koselleck, kritisk diskursanalys, mediediskurs, Fairclough
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103467OAI: diva2:718109
Available from: 2014-05-21 Created: 2014-05-19 Last updated: 2014-05-21Bibliographically approved

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