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Mechanisms of media stigmatisation: Colonial discourse and the racialisation of Swedish suburbs
(Engelska)Ingår i: Artikel i tidskrift (Övrigt vetenskapligt) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Using Sweden and Swedish newspapers as our case, we analyse 16 years of news reports on stigmatised areas. Particular attention is paid to what we refer to as mechanisms of stigma, in other words; news media techniques of representing place and residents in a stigmatising manner. These consist of firstly grouping neighbourhoods together based on common traits; second, comparing and contrasting places with each other; and thirdly, racialised blame, which constructs ethnic minorities as problems. Mechanisms of stigma are placed in the context of dominant themes of news media reporting on stigmatised neighbourhoods, where we identified categories of hopelessness, violence and colonial representations as the most common framings of the news stories. In addition, the thematic analysis has allowed us to observe the increase of stories of violence and terrorism in news reports on stigmatised neighbourhoods, in turn connected to the overall inflation of islamophobia and nationalism, with focus on Muslims and Islam as threats to integration, safety and national unity.

Nyckelord [en]
Stigmatisation, suburb, racialisation, colonialism, news media
Nationell ämneskategori
Social och ekonomisk geografi
Identifikatorer
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-373394OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-373394DiVA, id: diva2:1278478
Tillgänglig från: 2019-01-14 Skapad: 2019-01-14 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-01-14
Ingår i avhandling
1. Constructing the Suburb: Swedish Discourses of Spatial Stigmatisation
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Constructing the Suburb: Swedish Discourses of Spatial Stigmatisation
2019 (Engelska)Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

By exploring representations of place, this thesis treats practices of spatial stigmatisation in the context of segregated Swedish cities. In three papers, different aspects of stigmatisation and place-making are discussed and analysed, where the overarching ambition is to identify and critically deconstruct the ideology behind stigma as well as suggest ways of making representation positive. In other words, this thesis takes issue with the negative labels attached to certain urban areas by exploring dominant discursive trends and mechanisms, or techniques, of creating spatial stigma.

Theoretically, the analysis is informed by postcolonial critical research on segregation and representations of people and place, where place-making is of particular importance. The case study consists of printed news media and political discourse concerning stigmatised urban areas in Sweden, and the method is inspired by critical discourse analysis.

The empirical material covers a period of twenty years, and the analysis is particularly focused on constructions of ‘race’ and poverty and how these two dimensions intertwine. The main findings point to a dominant trend of representing stigmatised neighbourhoods as failed and miserable places that are not considered part of Sweden. They become racialised both through representations of the neighbourhoods as foreign and unintegrated places and through representations of the residents, usually categorised as the ‘immigrants’, as culturally different from ‘Swedes’.  There are signs of a more critical discourse which challenges the negative representations, but it remains weak compared to the predominance of the negative reporting.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Uppsala: Department of Social and Economic Geography, 2019. s. 93
Serie
Geographica, ISSN 0431-2023 ; 21
Nyckelord
Spatial stigmatisation, segregation, representation, suburb, discourse
Nationell ämneskategori
Social och ekonomisk geografi
Forskningsämne
Geografi
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-373397 (URN)978-91-506-2742-8 (ISBN)
Disputation
2019-03-08, Sal IX, Universitetshuset, Biskopsgatan 3, 753 10, Uppsala, 10:00 (Engelska)
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Handledare
Tillgänglig från: 2019-02-15 Skapad: 2019-01-14 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-02-22

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