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"Someone isn't telling the truth": En kritisk diskursanalys av den amerikanska dagspressens nyhetsbevakning av sexuella trakasserier
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and Communication Studies.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and Communication Studies.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"Someone isn’t telling the truth" : A critical discourse analysis of American news papers news coverage of sexual harassment (English)
Abstract [sv]

Den här studien analyserar hur maktstrukturer framträder i den amerikanska dagspressens bevakning av sexuella trakasserier. Studien analyserar 18 artiklar som har bevakat två snarlika fall där två män som varit nominerade till en position i Högsta domstolen i USA blivit anklagade för sexuella trakasserier. Det första fallet från 1991 är mellan Clarence Thomas och Anita Hill och det senare fallet är från 2018 mellan Brett Kavanaugh och Christine Blasey Ford. Artiklar från Wall Street Journal, New York Times och Chicago Tribune, som är de tre ledande dagstidningarna i USA har studerats med syfte att avslöja om det finns några underliggande ideologier och maktintressen i texten. För att avslöja dessa konstruktioner utgår studien från en kritisk diskursanalys som metod med målet att kunna se hur de språkliga resurserna uttrycker ideologier och maktintressen.

Studiens teoretiska ramverk har främst utgått från genusteori, och därefter utifrån hegemoni, rape culture, nyhetsjournalistik och tabloidisering. Med hjälp av olika analysverktyg har sammanlagt 18 artiklar analyserats där materialet har delats in i fyra teman, och utifrån dem har texterna analyserats mer utförligt. Resultatet visar att patriarkala maktstrukturer uttrycker sig i olika grad i artiklarna och att det har skett en förändring i den journalistiska diskursen över tid.

Abstract [en]

This study analyzes how power structures express themselves in the daily press's coverage of sexual harassment. The study analyzes 18 articles that have covered two similar cases where two men who have been nominated for a position in the Supreme Court in the United States have been accused of sexual harassment. The first case from 1991 is between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill and the latter case is from 2018 between Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. Articles from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, which are the three leading newspapers in the United States, have been analyzed with the aim of revealing whether there are any underlying ideologies and power interests in the text. In order to uncover these constructs, the study uses CDA as a method for being able to see how the linguistic resources express ideologies and power interests.

The study’s theoretical framework has mainly been based on gender theory, and then based on hegemony, rape culture, news journalism and tabloidization. With the help of various analysis tools, a total of 18 articles have been analyzed where the material has been divided into four themes, and based on them the texts have been analyzed in more detail. The result shows that patriarchal power structures express themselves to varying degrees in the articles and that there has been a change in journalistic discourse over time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 62
Keywords [en]
CDA, sexual harassment, metoo, tabloidization, gender, hegemony
Keywords [sv]
CDA, sexuella trakasserier, metoo, tabloidisering, genus, hegemoni
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43009ISRN: JU-HLK-MKA-1-20190247OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-43009DiVA, id: diva2:1289206
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HLK, Media and Communication Studies
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Available from: 2019-03-06 Created: 2019-02-15 Last updated: 2019-03-06Bibliographically approved

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