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Personalized scandalization: Sensationalizing trivial conflicts?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
2015 (English)In: The Dynamic of Mediatized Conflicts / [ed] Mikkel Fugl Eskjær, Stig Hjarvard, Mette Mortensen, New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015, 93-110 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter discusses political scandals in Nordic countries, with a focus on recent scandals concerning norm transgressions related to the personal behaviour of politicians. Three scandals are briefly presented as illustrations, and a fourth is analysed in greater detail. A closer look at this type of scandal reveals that the ‘crime’ in question is often a relatively trivial offence, especially in legal terms. Scandalization processes are useful weapons in power struggles and conflicts between political actors. Scandals also demonstrate the influence of media organizations and journalists in political conflicts. The news media represent both the public sphere and the marketplace in which scandals are presented and developed as dramas. This development is discussed against the background of a political-cultural climate characterized by a high degree of visibility and a political environment in which personalities have gained importance. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015. 93-110 p.
Series
Global Crises and the Media, ISSN 1947-2587 ; 3
Keyword [en]
mediated political scandals in Sweden, mediatization of politics, media hunts, sensationalizing the trivial, individualization, visual voodoo
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Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125415ISBN: 978-1-4331-2808-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-125415DiVA: diva2:892771
Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2017-04-20Bibliographically approved

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