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THE VISUALIZATION OF THE PROTEST PARADIGM: A Comparative Study of French and Swedish Newspaper Images of the gilets jaunes
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Earlier studies on protest movements have found that media-reporting follows a certain pattern – the “protest paradigm”. This pattern refers to a universal negative framing that makes protesters perceived as unrepresented, powerless and illegitimate. While previous studies used textual content analysis, the media development has moved towards visual effects and therefore it is important to test the protest paradigm by looking at the visualization of protests. Specifically, this thesis aims to examine how newspapers in Sweden and France visualize the same protest movement- the “gilets jaunes” and asks if the protest paradigm is visible and so if it varies across countries. This study uses both visual frame analysis and quantitative content analysis to analyse photographs in Le Monde and Dagens Nyheter. The study adds to the debate on these protesters by studying their gender, age and social obedience. The result shows some indicators of a protest paradigm but finds variation in how the newspapers frame the gilets jaunes in terms of legitimacy. The gilets jaunes are found to be mostly adult males, and their obedience depends on newspaper.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 40
Keywords [en]
France, Sweden, Newspapers, Visual frames, Protest paradigm
Keywords [fr]
Gilets jaunes
National Category
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-385173OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-385173DiVA, id: diva2:1323245
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Political Science
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Political Science
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Available from: 2019-06-12 Created: 2019-06-11 Last updated: 2019-06-12Bibliographically approved

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