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Towards a European identity?: The news media and the case of climate change
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2010 (English)In: European Journal of Communication, ISSN 0267-3231, E-ISSN 1460-3705, Vol. 25, no 2, 138-152 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Much research on the discursive construction of Europe in national news media has quantitatively focused on the presence of ‘EU topics’. The more frequently EU topics appear, the better the breeding-ground for a sense of European community, it is argued. This article tackles the question of a European identity from a different angle. Guided by theories on collective identity and power, and utilizing qualitative discourse analysis of the reporting on climate change in a tabloid newspaper and public service television news in Sweden, this article discerns a budding European political identity, discursively embedded and ‘hidden’ in the reporting as the natural order of things. When turned into common-sense knowledge, the European realm as a representative of ‘Us’ is accorded spontaneous legitimacy as a relevant political power in the making of meaning on climate change.

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London: Sage Publications, 2010. Vol. 25, no 2, 138-152 p.
Keyword [en]
European identity, news media, climate change, political power, ideology critique
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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-5605DOI: 10.1177/0267323110363652ISI: 000278664800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-5605DiVA: diva2:173547
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Social Representations of Climate Change in the Media and among Citizens
Available from: 2009-02-16 Created: 2009-02-16 Last updated: 2017-02-14Bibliographically approved

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