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Humour, ridicule and the de-legitmization of the working class in Swedish Reality Television
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Department of Media and Communication Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1089-5819
2016 (English)In: Journal of Language and Politics, ISSN 1569-2159, E-ISSN 1569-9862, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 304-321Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on tools from Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis this paper analyses the editing techniques in a Swedish docu-soap showing that humour is used to ridicule the working-class participants, representing them as slow, inflexible, undynamic and unstylish. The paper places this within broader discursive shifts in Sweden where the rise of neoliberalism requires a dismantling of the welfare state, legitimized partly though establishing the lower social economic groups as morally flawed and themselves responsible for their increasingly disadvantaged situation as social inequalities increase.

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John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2016. Vol. 15, no 3, p. 304-321
Keywords [en]
Reality Television, Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis, Social Class, Humour, Ridicule, Recontextualization of Social Practice
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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-51856DOI: 10.1075/jlp.15.3.05eriISI: 000391136900005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84981275128OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-51856DiVA, id: diva2:956137
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Swedish Research Council, 2011-1708Available from: 2016-08-29 Created: 2016-08-29 Last updated: 2018-07-16Bibliographically approved

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