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Europeisk nog för europé?: En studie om hur ledarsidor i svensk dagspress konstruerar en europeisk identitet i samband med EU:s utvidgningsprocess
Örebro University, Department of Humanities.
Örebro University, Department of Humanities.
2007 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Subject: International media- and communication studies

Title: Europeisk nog för europé? En studie om hur ledarsidor i svensk dagspress konstruerar en europeisk identitet i samband med EU:s utvidgningsprocess. (European enough for being European? A study on how editorials in Swedish daily newspapers construct a European identity in relation to the enlargement process of the EU.)

Authors: Cecilia Greven and Helen Jönsson

Year: spring term 2007

Aim and research questions: the aim of this essay is to investigate how Swedish editorials constructs a European identity. This is done by analysing 12 editorials from Swedish daily newspapers concerning Turkey’s, Croatia’s and Ukraine’s possible membership of the European Union. The essay wishes to see if the editorials are focused on different aspects of the countries and if so, how that can be related to a European identity. In order to do this, following questions were asked:

• How are the countries referred to in relation to a possible membership?

- Are political, economical or cultural aspects focused on, and if so, how is this done?

• In which way can the representation of the countries be put in relation to a European identity?

• Can a differentiation between “us” and “them” be distinguished in the texts, and if so, how is this done?

Theoretical framework: theories concerning identity, European identity, the medias role in shaping identities, “us” and “them”, and theories about discourse and ideology in the media.

Method: critical discourse analysis (CDA) and rhetorical analysis

Results: the analysis showed that the representation of the countries differed. The editorials are not mainly focused on the criteria’s that are required for a membership of the union. Instead cultural aspects are focused on in the case of Turkey, and political aspects are in centre for the representation of Croatia and Ukraine. These aspects are put in contrast to something that is “right”- the European way and values. By doing this, presenting what is not European, they present what is European and therefor they construct what is a European identity.

Keywords: european identity, discourse, media and identity, critical discourse analysis.

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2007. , p. 44
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-1562ISRN: ORU-HUM/MKV-C--07/0024--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-1562DiVA, id: diva2:135179
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