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Politicians in celebrity talk show interviews: the narrativization of personal experiences
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1089-5819
2010 (English)In: Text & Talk, ISSN 1860-7330, E-ISSN 1860-7349, Vol. 30, no 5, p. 529-551Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article concerns interviews with politicians taking place on a popular talk show. These interviews are informal and playful in character, and above all are structured around personal narratives of the “real life” or “behind-the-scenes life” of the guest. It is often claimed that such interviews have become more important for the politicians. The approach of the study addressed in the article is influenced by research on conversational storytelling and aims at exploring how politicians' more personal narratives are initiated and elaborated on by the participants. The data are comprised of six interviews with leading politicians on a Swedish celebrity talk show, Sen kväll med Luuk [Late night with Luuk]. The analysis shows that personal narratives progress in close collaboration between the host and the politician, and that this collaboration often aims at exploring the humor potential of the stories and invoking laughter from the studio audience. The main argument in this article is that for politicians an appearance on a celebrity talk show is not such a trouble-free method for self-presentation as is often assumed.

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Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter, 2010. Vol. 30, no 5, p. 529-551
Keywords [en]
Celebrity talk shows, interviews, politicians, conversational story-telling, studio audience, laughter
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12641DOI: 10.1515/TEXT.2010.026ISI: 000285680500003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77957579891OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-12641DiVA, id: diva2:373991
Available from: 2010-12-02 Created: 2010-12-02 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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