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The role of the media in the transformation of citizens' social representations of suffering
Örebro universitet, Humanistiska institutionen.
2006 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Modernity changed our social representations of suffering and death, which previous in history were present in everyday life. Today, those phenomena are institutionalised and hospitalised away from people’s homes and social life. The media, however, almost daily serve us intrusive pictures of victims of violence, of human suffering and brutal death. It is the distant suffering of strangers. This paper presents results from studies of citizens’ social representations of distant suffering and discusses two identity positions founded in ideology that arises in relation to the media reporting: national identity and global identity. At a macro level these positions can be related to the contradictory processes of globalisation, on the one hand the ideology of human rights and global compassion and on the other hand nationalism. The result underlines the important role played by the media in the complex processes of transformations of common sense knowledge.

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2006.
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-22279OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-22279DiVA: diva2:652690
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VIII International Conference on Social Representations, Media & Society
Available from: 2013-10-01 Created: 2013-10-01 Last updated: 2013-10-01Bibliographically approved

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