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Occupy Narratives in Sweden and Latvia: How Mainstream Media tell the Story of a Movement
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5879-2130
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS).
2016 (English)In: Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, ISSN 1757-2681, E-ISSN 1757-269X, Vol. 7, no 1, 23-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Occupy movement, which started with a group of activists in New York, soon grew into a global movement with protesters gathering and occupying public spaces worldwide. This article provides a critical discourse analysis and examines the representation of the global as well as local expressions of the Occupy movement in Latvian and Swedish major newspapers. It shifts the lens from the financial centres to the European periphery and asks how the movement is recontextualized in Latvia and Sweden. In the analysis four main discursive strategies are identified and discussed comparatively for the two countries; nomination, predication, perspectivation and mitigation. Although the discursive strategies in both contexts are similar, the recontextualization in Latvia and Sweden reflects the distinct historical and cultural circumstance in which the mediation of the Occupy movement emerged.

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2016. Vol. 7, no 1, 23-39 p.
Keyword [en]
Latvia; Occupy movement; Sweden; comparative analysis; discourse analysis; mediation; protest; recontextualization
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Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26767DOI: 10.1386/iscc.7.1.23_1Local ID: 1552/42/2011OAI: diva2:799406
Narratives of Europe
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 3031902
Available from: 2015-03-30 Created: 2015-03-30 Last updated: 2017-02-03Bibliographically approved

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