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  • 301.
    Frigo, Alberto
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Life-stowing from a Digital Media Perspective: Past, Present and Future2017Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    While both public opinion and scholars around the world are currently pointing out the danger of increasingly popular life-logging devices, this book articulates this debate by distinguishing between automatic and manual life-logging approaches. Since new definitions of life-logging have excluded the latter approach and have been mainly focused on effortless life-logging technologies such as Google Glass and Quantified Self applications in general, the second part of this thesis theoretically frames life-stowing.Through extensive etymological research, I have defined life-stowing as a manual and effortful practice conducted by life-stowers, individuals who devote their life to sampling reality in predefined frameworks. As part of this book, an historical overview introduces life-stowers and distinguishes between Apollonian and Dionysian varieties of these practitioners. Lastly, in order to understand the future reception of life-stowing, particularly in relation to digital media, I have disclosed my ongoing life-stowing project to a small audience.

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  • 302.
    Frigo, Alberto
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    My Digital Life: 2003 Onward2015In: IEEE Internet Computing, ISSN 1089-7801, E-ISSN 1941-0131, Vol. 19, no 6, p. 12-16Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This experience report describes a project the author started 12 years ago to track several aspects of his life and the reality around him. Unlike several related projects, this project is conducted manually using a self-crafted digital framework. Here, the author describes the project's architecture, also noting different life perspectives he developed and depicted using different media. Finally, he explores the motivations and challenges of manual lifelogging.

  • 303.
    Garreton, M.
    et al.
    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.
    Morini, Francesca
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies. University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany.
    Paz Moyano, D.
    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.
    Grüen, G.-C.
    University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany; Dortmund University, Germany.
    Parra, D.
    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.
    Dörk, M.
    University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany.
    Data Stories of Water: Studying the Communicative Role of Data Visualizations within Long-form Journalism2023In: Computer graphics forum (Print), ISSN 0167-7055, E-ISSN 1467-8659, Vol. 42, no 3, p. 99-110Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present a methodology for making sense of the communicative role of data visualizations in journalistic storytelling and share findings from surveying water-related data stories. Data stories are a genre of long-form journalism that integrate text, data visualization, and other visual expressions (e.g., photographs, illustrations, videos) for the purpose of data-driven storytelling. In the last decade, a considerable number of data stories about a wide range of topics have been published worldwide. Authors use a variety of techniques to make complex phenomena comprehensible and use visualizations as communicative devices that shape the understanding of a given topic. Despite the popularity of data stories, we, as scholars, still lack a methodological framework for assessing the communicative role of visualizations in data stories. To this extent, we draw from data journalism, visual culture, and multimodality studies to propose an interpretative framework in six stages. The process begins with the analysis of content blocks and framing elements and ends with the identification of dimensions, patterns, and relationships between textual and visual elements. The framework is put to the test by analyzing 17 data stories about water-related issues. Our observations from the survey illustrate how data visualizations can shape the framing of complex topics.

  • 304.
    Gerhardt, Karin
    et al.
    Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Sverige.
    Wolrath Söderberg, Maria
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Rhetoric.
    Lindblad, Inger
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Diderichsen, Öjvind
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education, Teacher Education and Aesthetic Learning Processes.
    Gullström, Martin
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Dahlin, Maria
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Rhetoric.
    Köping Olsson, Ann-Sofie
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Lehtilä, Kari
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Rasoal, Chato
    Södertörn University, School of Police Studies.
    Dobers, Peter
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Johansson, Johanna
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Berndt, Kurt D.
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education, Mathematics Education.
    Karlholm, Dan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, History and Theory of Art.
    Kjellqvist, Tomas
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Lalander, Rickard
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Vallström, Maria
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology.
    Alvarsson-Hjort, Jesper
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Psychology.
    Sjöholm, Cecilia
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Aesthetics.
    Lönngren, Ann-Sofie
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Comparative Literature.
    Bydler, Charlotte
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, History and Theory of Art.
    Färjsjö, Eva
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education, Mathematics Education.
    Porseryd, Tove
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Sio, Miriam
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education, Teacher Education and Aesthetic Learning Processes.
    Yazdanpanah, Soheyla
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.
    Pihl Skoog, Emma
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Archive Studies.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Gallardo Fernández, Gloria L.
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Wadstein MacLeod, Katarina
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, History and Theory of Art.
    Garrison, Julie
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Andrén, Elinor
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Svärd, Veronica
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Hajighasemi, Ali
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Spånberger Weitz, Ylva
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Elmersjö, Magdalena
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Persson, Sara
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Borevi, Karin
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Carlsson, Nina
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Löfgren, Isabel
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Ghose, Sheila
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
    Bonow, Madeleine
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Bornemark, Jonna
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Podolian, Olena
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Grahn, Mats
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Gunnarsson Payne, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology.
    Kaun, Anne
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Faber, Hugo
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Cederberg, Carl
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Gradén, Mattias
    Högskolan Dalarna, Sverige.
    Nog nu, politiker – ta klimatkrisen på allvar2022In: Aftonbladet, no 2022-08-25Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 305.
    Ghebrehiwet, Rahwa
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Häng med! Konsten att orientera sig i det svenska informationssamhället: En kvalitativ studie om hur digitala informationsmedel tas emot av nyanlända eritreaner i Botkyrka kommun2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna studie berör nyanlända eritreaner, bosatta i Botkyrka kommun, upplevelse av digitaliserad samhällsinformation. Studien har tre huvudsakliga frågeställningar 1. Söker sig min valda grupp till digital myndighetsinformation gällande arbete, bank samt boende och hur upplevs den i sådant fall? 2) På vilket sätt upplever eritreanska nyanlända svenska myndigheters e-förvaltning? 3) Hur kan man diskutera nyanlända eritreaners situation utifrån begreppen digital natives/digital immigrants? Studiens centrala teori är den digitala klyftan som berör frågor om digital integrering, och olika typer av internetanvändning. Vidare lyfts faktorer som utmärker mediekunnighet och slutligen den digital klyftan i samband med medborgarskap och e-förvaltning. Det empiriska materialet har nåtts genom att tillämpa kvalitativa metoder i form av en individuell intervju med en anställd på Botkyrka kommuns socialtjänst för att få en överblick över etableringsprocessen vad gäller nyanlända i kommunen. Därefter utfördes en pilotstudie med två eritreanska nyanlända som intervjuades för att sedan utföra en gruppintervju med åtta nyanlända eritreaner i form av en gruppintervju med inslag av etnografiska metoder. Resultatet av studien visade att majoriteten av respondenterna upplevde en ganska grav digital klyfta vad gäller e-förvaltning och digital blanketthantering. På detta vis kunde tecken visas som tillhör begreppet digital immigrant. Däremot har de inte behövt anpassa sig till det digitala landskapet vad gäller sociala medier och underhållande medieaktivitet, som är tendenser vi ser bland digital natives. Detta visade deras komplexa situation om att befinna sig i ett mellanförskap i förhållande till begreppen digital native och digital immigrant.

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  • 306.
    Girmai, Susanna
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Hasseltoft, Julia
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    And Just Like That…försökte Sex and the City bli woke: En kritisk diskursanalys av TV-serierna Sex and the City(1998–2004) och And Just Like That (2021)2022Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    När Sex and the Citys (1998–2004) uppföljare And Just Like That (2021) släpptes på HBOfanns det höga förväntningar på att bristerna gällande representation och gestaltning av ickevita och HBTQ-personer som Sex and the City (SATC) haft skulle åtgärdas. And Just LikeThat (AJLT) gjorde ett försök till att åtgärda de brister som kritiserats i medierna genom attexempelvis inkludera fler icke-vita personer. Trots att serien innehåller fler karaktärer som äricke-vita och HBTQ fick serien motta mycket kritik för att vara krystat woke. Syftet medstudien är att undersöka hur HBTQ och icke-vita karaktärer gestaltas i SATC och AJLT föratt urskilja vilka samhällsdiskurser som existerar. Undersökningen är en komparativ studieav scener från SATC (1998–2004) och AJLT (2021) och genomförs med hjälp av en kritiskdiskursanalys (Van Dijk, 2001). För att kunna besvara våra forskningsfrågor analyseras fyraklipp från vardera serie och utgår från följande frågeställningar: Hur gestaltas HBTQkaraktärer och icke-vita i SATC kontra AJLT och vilken funktion har de? Hur förhåller sighuvudkaraktärerna till HBTQ- och de icke-vita karaktärerna? Vilka samhällsdiskurser kanurskiljas i serierna? Med hjälp av Dyers (1979) teori om stereotyper, hooks (1992) teori omden oppositionella blicken och Rubys (2020) teori om tokenism för att analyseragestaltningar av icke-vita och HBTQ-personer samt för att urskilja de samhällsdiskurser somvisas i serierna. Diskurserna som kan urskiljas i serierna handlar om bejakandet avheteronormativitet och vithetsnormer och appropriering av wokekultur. Resultaten visar atttrots att det har skett en utveckling i AJLT i form av inkludering av ett flertal icke-vita ochHBTQ-karaktärer och hur ofta huvudkaraktärerna diskuterar dessa ämnen har det inte skettnågon större förändring gällande gestaltandet eftersom AJLT, precis som SATC, använderstereotyper och tokenism i gestaltningen av samhällsdiskurser, vilket i princip skulle kunnavara mer attraktivt för en yngre, mer medveten publik. De icke-vita och HBTQ-karaktärernahar fortfarande funktionen att föra den vita huvudkaraktärens narrativ framåt och existerarendast, bortsett från två undantag i studien, för att ”checka av en box”, det vill säga för attskapa en representation för enbart symboliskt värde. 

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  • 307.
    Goldenzwaig, Gregory
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Music Consumption Practices in the Age of the Cloud: Listening to Russia2014In: World of Media: Yearbook of Russian Media and Journalism Studies, ISSN 2307-1605, Vol. 2013, p. 39-59Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The cross-cultural study ”Music in the Digital Age”  focuses on the impact of the Internet on music in everyday life. This article presents the first results from the Russian segment of the study: we look into how the growing Internet access affects the patterns of music-related practices in Russia.  Music is now ubiquitous in the everyday life of young people. It is strongly incorporated in the daily routine, and it is primarily associated with mood regulation and adaption to urban environments. Predictably, the effects of broad access to music result in the integration of online and offline-activities related to music. However, we also observe a contrast of the utilitarian effects of wide access, and the growing demand for materiality and privacy in music.

  • 308.
    Goldenzwaig, Gregory
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Music Use in the Digital Media Age: A Study of Music Cultures in Stockholm and Moscow2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The poster presents early insights from an ongoing study of music cultures among young audiences in Stockholm and Moscow. The 3-year research project ”Music Use in the Digital Media Age” is conducted by a research group at Södertörn University, Sweden. The cross-cultural study focuses on the impact of the Internet on music use and meanings of music in everyday life. Transformations in music use are observed from a user-centred audience perspective. The project sets focus on Moscow/Russia and Stockholm/Sweden: two geo-cultural frameworks in Northerrn and Eastern Europe.

  • 309.
    Goldenzwaig, Gregory
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Феномен «музыки-в-облаке» в российских реалиях: проблематика ценности [Music in the Cloud in Russia: the Problematics of Value]2014In: Вестник Московского университета. Серия 10. Журналистика (Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta. Seria 10, Journalistika), ISSN 0320-8079, no 2Article, book review (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The research project "Music Use in the Online Media Age" focuses on the impact of the Internet on music use. Whereas the user practices related to music shift from offline to online, from album to single song listening, from recorded to live, from file-sharing to social media platforms, the users’ understanding of music and its role is dramatically evolving. The study reveals that the music-related activities in Russia are mainly concentrated on the social networking website VKontakte. Practices related to this and other platforms form complex folksonomies of online and offline listening, intertwined with experiences of live music. The early findings shed light on the effects of the ubiquity of digitised music on the Internet: the integration of online and offline activities, the decay of emotional investment in music, the diversification of music listening patterns. The debate about the value of music is reflected in the discussion about payment models where locally established consumption practices conflict with moral aspects and where the rejection of the authority of the music industry is combined with the respect for the artistic labour.   

  • 310.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    ”Another world is plantable”: Urban activist gardeners’ communicative action2013In: COCE 2013: Abstracts, 2013, p. 20-Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Urban activist gardening can take many forms and is practiced in cities all over the world from community gardens on vacant lots, that is, the cultivation of what is considered to be neglected land , to the cultivation of tree pits, and to moss graffiti on rocks, logs, pots or statuary. Without communicating these actions, we did not know anything about these movements. For instance, mass media has taken up this issue of transformation in several contributions. Most of the people know about it via mass media, that has frequently taken up activist gardening in cities. However, this paper explores how urban activist gardener themselves communicate their actions on websites. What are the selection criteria for dissemination information on their activities? How do they try to open up for participation for the “right” people?

  • 311.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Claude Shannon & Warren Weaver: The Mathematical Theory of Communication (1949)2020In: Medievetenskapens idétraditioner / [ed] Stina Bengtsson; Staffan Ericson; Fredrik Stiernstedt, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2020, p. 83-96Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 312.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    From Wasteland to Flower Bed: Ritual in the Website Communication of Urban Activist Gardeners2014In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 6, no 23, p. 451-471Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The goal of this article is to explore the website communication of urban activist gardeners by focusing on the concept of ritual as a heuristic category. In contrast to the majority of those doing research on ritual, I use a systems-theoretical approach in applying the concept of ritual to communication processes. I explore the role played by ritual in communication in order to answer questions such as, “What is specifically unique about the ritual mode of communicating?” and, following from this, “What function do these rituals serve in communication?” My subject, urban garden activism, is thus addressed from the perspective of media- and communication research.

    First, I briefly describe urban activist gardening and how communication is usually structured on their websites. Second, I present an outline of some theories and concepts of communication and ritual within media studies, and give a brief account of the systems-theoretical approach that I use. Third, I define some areas of ritual – that is, ritualized patterns of communication found in the urban activist gardeners’ empirical material – so as to provide answers regarding the means and function of ritual in communication.

  • 313.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Introduction2016In: The Environment in the Age of the Internet: Activists, Communication, and the Digital Landscape / [ed] Graf, Heike, Open Book Publishers, 2016, p. 1-19Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 314.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Journalistiken, den etniska mångfalden och migrationen2019In: Handbok i journalistikforskning / [ed] Michael Karlsson och Jesper Strömbäck, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019, 2, p. 311-323Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Det här kapitlet behandlar journalistik och etnisk mångfald ur ett medietext- och produktionsperspektiv. Kapitlet inkluderar inte etniska minoriteters reception av olika sorters medietexter.

    Begreppet ”etnicitet” syftar på olika härkomst än den egna gruppen, som i detta kapitel är den nationella majoritetsgruppen. Som samlingsbegrepp används numera begreppet ”personer med utländsk bakgrund”, vilket avser personer som är utrikesfödda eller födda i Sverige med minst en utrikes född förälder (DS 2000:43). Framför allt i samband med forskningens historik inkluderas i kapitlet också nationella minoriteter, vilka fick officiellt erkännande i Sverige först 1999.

    Fokus ligger på etnisk mångfald samt på nyhetsjournalistik i tv, radio och press. Därmed avgränsar sig kapitlet från frågor kring exempelvis kulturell mångfald, kön, funktionsnedsättning, sexuell läggning och ålder.

    Efter en överblick över de mest relevanta teorierna och internationell forskning om journalistik och etnisk mångfald ges en mer detaljerad och kronologisk överblick över svensk forskning om ämnet.

  • 315.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Journalistiken och den etniska mångfalden2015In: Handbok i journalistikforskning / [ed] Karlsson, Michael ; Strömbäck, Jesper, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2015, p. 335-352Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Det här kapitlet behandlar journalistik och etnisk mångfald ur ett medietext-och produktionsperspektiv. Kapitlet inkluderar inte  receptionen av olika sorters medietexter som adresserar mångfaldsperspektivet, det vill säga studier som behandlar invandrarnas och de nationella minoriteternas medieanvändning. Dessa studier nämns bara i samband med att de är viktiga för att förstå framförallt historiken kring den svenska forskningen om journalistik och etnisk mångfald. Begreppet ”etnicitet” syftar på olika härkomst än den egna gruppen, som i detta kapitel är den nationella majoritetsgruppen. Som samlingsbegrepp används numera begreppet ”personer med utländsk bakgrund”som är utrikesfödda eller födda i Sverige med minst en utrikesfödd förälder (DS 2000:43). Framför allt i samband med forskningens historik inkluderas i kapitlet också nationella minoriteter som först 1999 fick officiellt erkännande i Sverige. Fokus ligger på etnisk mångfald (och inte på kulturell mångfald i sig) samt på nyhetsjournalistik i tv, radio och press. Därmed avgränsar sig kapitlet från frågor kring kön, funktionsnedsättning, sexuell läggning och ålder. Efter en överblick över de mest relevanta teorierna och internationell forskning om journalistik och etnisk mångfald ges en mer detaljerad och kronologisk överblick över svensk forskning.

  • 316.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Journalist’s fear production: Consequences for society2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We know from research that news media create their preferred meanings of environmental issues, from the angle of problems and dangers (e.g. Roll-Hansen 2014, Foust, C. R. & O'Shannon Murphy, W., 2009). While some environmental events are associated with drama such as earthquakes, most of environmental phenomena are rather invisible such as the thinning of Earth’s protective ozone layer (Hansen 2010, 95). Also the time scale of most environmental issues does not fit to 24-hours news making such as climate change. It needs a great deal of journalistic work to make such phenomena visible. Hence, to fit in to conventional news format, mainstream media “over-report the risks generating by acute crises” (Allan de. 2000, in Cox 2013, 167).This paper discusses the consequences of news media’s coverage of environmental issues as threats and dangers. Fear has emerged as a framework for engaging in ecological issues. Danger and fear are perceived as a central feature of our environment. We take it for granted that our physical environment is in danger, something we are afraid of. Fear cannot be forbidden or scholarly falsified, and is therefore not contested in social communication (Luhmann 1989). Fear is just there.The constant concern about risks and dangers leads to the impression that nothing is harmless and all is contaminated. It promotes a sense of disorder and a belief that things are out of control (Luhmann, 1989, 189). It reproduces itself and becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy (Altheide, 2002, 189. The problem lies less in the psychical reality of fear and anxiety but in the communicative actuality in society. “If anxiety is communicated but not contested in the communication, it acquires a moral existence” (Luhmann, 1989, 130). Those who  uses this frame is morally in the right.  “It becomes a duty to worry, and a right to expect participation in fears and to require standards for defense against danger. Those who worries… become warner with all risks that it implies” (Luhmann, 1989, 130). It implies, for instance, for scientific arguments that they are in a difficult position when arguing against anxiety-related issues. It implies also that the fear frame does not allow for the arguing of any progress that possibly has been made concerning environmental issues. In this way, environmental communication is infused with morality, based on fear and/or anxiety frame and, hence, it makes it difficult for controversies. However, only the future can show whether the fear has been justified.

  • 317.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Media Practices an Forced Migration: Trust Online and Offline2018In: Media and Communication, E-ISSN 2183-2439, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 149-157Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article explores the relationship between online and offline practices in the special case of forced migration. By applying a central category in social relations, trust/distrust as developed by Niklas Luhmann, this article contributes to the understanding of forced migration in the digital age. It presupposes that, without a strategy of trust, it would be almost impossible to cope with situations of unfamiliarity and uncertainty. By interviewing refugees, the questionis in what contexts the refugee recognizes that they can trust (or not). The article concludes that through the combination of on- and offline communication practices, more varied mechanisms for the creation and stabilization of trust are provided. In contexts of unfamiliarity, interpersonal relations with the native inhabitants play an important role in bridging online and offline worlds.

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  • 318.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Mediekritikens funktioner för den journalistiska praktiken2014In: Mediekritik / [ed] Fredrik Stiernstedt, Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2014, 1:1, p. 173-193Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 319.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Medien2023In: Nordeuropa: Handbuch für Wissenschaft und Studium / [ed] Henningsen, Bernd, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2023, p. 365-374Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 320.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Migrant voices. Who speaks out what and why?: The example of the German podcast “Kanackische Welle”2021In: NordMedia Conference 2021: Crisis and Resilience: Nordic Media Research on the Frontline., 2021Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper gives first insights into a new research project (started in January 2021) about ”migrant voices”. We study different media initiatives and media productions by migrants or people with migrant backgrounds from different generations and in different countries (Sweden, Germany, Estonia). The term “migrant media” holds the idea that migrants make their own content, that is, they have editorial control, and tell their own stories purposefully and intentionally. This is a field that has only received marginal attention in the wider field of media and communication studies. Since the technical preconditions for speech, e.g. for participating in the public sphere are enhanced due to digital communication technologies, digital voices of the migrants have the potential to counteract a dominant mainstream media discourse. 

    In order to explore forms of “listening” and “talking back”, I focus on a podcast named “Kanackische Welle” with 42 episodes (June 2021) that gained wider attention in the German public sphere. The topic of living in a multi-cultural society in general and racism in Germany in particular are widely discussed in this podcast. This paper asks how the producers work in order to amplify their voice beyond their own migrant community. What kind of voices, narratives and frames are privileged by this media? 

    This podcast shows how it is possible to add new voices to the wider public sphere by addressing issues from perspectives that are usually not or only marginally noticed. The question of racism is not new, but the angle of everyday stereotyping and hierarchization of cultures and shades of skin color, and privileges of white people are hardly discussed. The issues are both treated in a “we and them” manner but also in self-reflective way. Guests are usually invited in order to deepen the conversation and to give a broader view. It is not done in a pro and contra manner but rather in an informal way of common understanding of the relevance of the issue by e.g. sharing expert knowledge in order to understand the roots and causes for widespread racist thinking. Already from the beginning, the hosts and guests agree upon the importance of the issue and want to clarify the problem. 

    Actually, this media production is an example of how to make the media landscape more diverse. Benefitting from the status of being trained journalists and having a journalistic network behind, gave the hosts good starting opportunities for gaining attention and recognition from mainstream media and, therefore, a path into the wider public sphere and outside one’s own community. The combination of status and thoughtful treatment of complex issues in a playful way, especially target at the younger generation, has opened the door for recognition from mainstream media. The perspectives addressed in the podcast are “currently very requested” by mainstream media (Krone 2020) because they attract migrant communities and especially a younger audience, something that, mainstream media often have not succeeded with.

  • 321.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Possibilities and limitations of managing ethnic diversity: The example of German private media companies2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In contrast to other branches, media companies are criticized as ‘lagging behind’ in becoming ethnically diverse, and they are too slow in making progress of diversity efforts (e.g. Horsti & Hultén, 2011; Graf, 2011; Markova & McKay, 2013, Horsti et al 2014). For example, when it comes to media professionals with migrant backgrounds, the numbers are very low: Only three percent of journalists have a migrant background according to a survey of the German Journalist Association in 2007 (Poettker 2013). Especially, black television journalists in Germany are rare. There are no news anchors of African origin, and there are only a few isolated cases of entertainment programs, where black journalists are in front of a camera.

    This paper examines how media companies assess the importance of this issue of diverse workforce. As I am especially interested in the workforce (and not in programming), I have mainly interviewed 10 HR managers and staff who are responsible for personnel development and diversity issues within German media organizations during the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2014, and looked at their documented policies and diversity programs. In this paper, I focus on how HR managers, mainly from private media companies, observe the communication climate for diversity issues in their organization, and how they address recruitment obstacles.  More concretely, I want to explore, first, how the topic of a diverse workforce becomes an organizational problem (or not), and, second, which solutions appear and on the basis of which expectations.

  • 322.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Rezension: Edström, Maria & Mølster, Ragnhild (red.) (2014). Making change: Nordic examples of working towards gender equality in the media.2015In: r:k:m: Rezensionen, Kommunikation, Medien, no 20 AugustArticle, book review (Other academic)
  • 323.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Rezension: Monika Djerf-Pierre, Mats Ekström (Hrsg.): A History of Swedish Broadcasting2014In: r:k:m: Rezensionen, Kommunikation, Medien, no 15/7Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 324.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Shifting the focus from integration to inclusion in media research2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 325.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    The Culture of Nature: The Environmental Communication of Gardening Bloggers2016In: The Environment in the Age of the Internet: Activists, Communication, and the Digital Landscape / [ed] Graf, Heike, Open Book Publishers, 2016, p. 105-136Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter examines ‘ordinary’ people’s media communication about environmental issues. I have chosen the example of garden blogs. They fall under the category of topic-centred blogs; themes concerning gardens/gardening are expected and communicated through narratives, comments, and images. Based on approximately 50 Swedish and German blogs and a qualitative, difference-theoretical analysis, I want to examine how they communicate ecological concerns from the angle of gardeners’ everyday ‘banalities’. To this end, I examine the communicative patterns which increase the likelihood of interconnected communication within the blogosphere, patterns which, in turn, create virtual collectives, and can support ecological roles in the garden. Blog entries relate to the blog’s own mode of operation and that of its network, meaning that the topics addressed are those that have the potential quality of ‘embracing’ all the people interested in the network. As a result, blog entries addressing ecological concerns focus on topics of consumption and production through the communication frames of pleasure, enthusiasm, and mutual agreement. 

  • 326.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    The Environment in the Age of the Internet: Activists, Communication, and the Digital Landscape2016Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    How do we talk about the environment? Does this communication reveal and construct meaning? Is the environment expressed and foregrounded in the new landscape of digital media?The Environment in the Age of the Internet is an interdisciplinary collection that draws together research and answers from media and communication studies, social sciences, modern history, and folklore studies. Edited by Heike Graf, its focus is on the communicative approaches taken by different groups to ecological issues, shedding light on how these groups tell their distinctive stories of "the environment". This book draws on case studies from around the world and focuses on activists of radically different kinds: protestors against pulp mills in South America, resistance to mining in the Sámi region of Sweden, the struggles of indigenous peoples from the Arctic to the Amazon, gardening bloggers in northern Europe, and neo-Nazi environmentalists in Germany. Each case is examined in relation to its multifaceted media coverage, mainstream and digital, professional and amateur.Stories are told within a context; examining the "what" and "how" of these environmental stories demonstrates how contexts determine communication, and how communication raises and shapes awareness. These issues have never been more urgent, this work never more timely. The Environment in the Age of the Internet is essential reading for everyone interested in how humans relate to their environment in the digital age.

    The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies has generously contributed towards the publication of this volume.

  • 327.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    ”We don’t cut dead trees”: Garden blogger’s environmental communication2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines ‘ordinary’ people’s media communication about environmental issues. I choose the example of garden blogs. They fall under the category of topic-centered blogs; themes concerning garden/gardening are expected and communicated through narratives, comments, and images. These blogs belong to the sphere of domestic blogs that are insufficiently researched, even though they are more common than political blogs.

    Based on approx. 50 Swedish and German blogs and a qualitative, difference-theoretical analysis, I want to examine how these blogs, from the angle of gardeners everyday life ‘banalities’, communicate environmentalist issues. I want to examine which frames are used in order to increase the likelihood of connecting communication, which in turn creates virtual collectives.

    In result, environmental issues are mainly addressed from the topical angle of consumption and production themes by using frames of pleasure, enthusiasm and mutual agreement.

  • 328.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    What Structures?: A communicative approach to ethnic diversity in German media companies2017In: Journalism Practice, ISSN 1751-2786, E-ISSN 1751-2794, Vol. 11, no 5, p. 544-558Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article examines how the topic of an ethnically diverse workforce can become an organiz- ational problem (or not) in private media companies. The study is based on interviews with Human Resources managers and persons responsible for diversity issues at these companies. This article favors a communicative approach by relating structures to agency through the concept of expectation. This is in contrast to the bulk of media research, which considers structures as something fixed and objective in determining organizational action. By exploring the expec- tations structures we can see which expectation patterns condition organizational communication. As a result, the main pattern of migrant background as adding value to the organization (or not) could be revealed as a guiding distinction in organizational communication about diverse workforces. 

  • 329.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    What to expect from technologies of communication?: The media use by migrants2020In: Anais de resumos Expandidos IV Seminário Internacional de Pesquisas em Militarização e Processos Sociais: Realizado entre Novembro de 2020 e Janeiro de 2021, UNISINOS, São Leopoldo, RS, Brasil, São Leopoldo: Instituto Humanitas Unisinos , 2020, Vol. 1Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 330.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    What to expect?: The role of media technologies in refugees’ resettlement2021In: The virtual 71st Annual International Communication Association Conference: Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice, 2021Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This article examines the entanglement between refugees’ Internet use and their present living conditions of re-settlement in Sweden and Germany. It seeks to provide a new perspective by applying the operational concept of “expectation” as developed by Niklas Luhmann.

    Expectations emerge in the interplay between the user and the materiality as well as functionality of media technologies that are embedded in concrete living conditions. Based on in-depth interviews, it becomes obvious that using media technologies in order to manage one’s life situation is a learning process influenced by social and cognitive conditions, whereby the responsibility of the individual is decisive for a successful outcome.

  • 331.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    What to Expect?: The Role of Media Technologies in Refugees’ Resettlement2022In: International Journal of Communication, E-ISSN 1932-8036, Vol. 16Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article examines the entanglement between refugees’ Internet use and their present living conditions of resettlement in Sweden and Germany. It seeks to provide a new perspective by applying the operational concept of expectation as developed by Niklas Luhmann. Expectations emerge in the interplay between the user and the materiality as well as functionality of media technologies that are embedded in concrete living conditions. In the case of disappointed expectations, a cognitive or normative expectation stabilization strategy is applied. Based on in-depth interviews, it becomes obvious that where cognitive expectations are concerned, openness to change one’s expectations, and therefore learning, is increased.

  • 332.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Wir Flüchtlingskinder: Eine unendliche Geschichte2020In: Kulturmöten: En festskrift till Christine Farhan / [ed] Amelie Björck; Eva Jonsson; Claudia Lindén; Mattias Pirholt, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2020, p. 105-121Chapter in book (Other academic)
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  • 333.
    Graf, Heike
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Översikt av svensk medieforskning om invandring och etnisk mångfald2021In: Vitt eller brett: Vilka får plats i medier och på redaktioner, Stockholm: Institutet för Mediestudier , 2021, p. 108-130Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Inom den svenska medie- och kommunikationsvetenskapen är forskningen kring migration och etnisk mångfald ett relativt nedprioriterat ämne. Det kan te sig märkligt i en tid kännetecknad av stora migrationsrörelser som förändrat samhället till att bli allt mer etniskt och kulturellt heterogent. Dessa samhällsförändringar har konsekvenser för det offentliga samtalet. I mitt bidrag ger jag en översikt av vad som forskats om i Sverige och försöker avslutningsvist ge några svar på varför det finns ett relativt lågt intresse för ämnet.

  • 334.
    Grana Flygt, Iselinn
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Att flyga eller inte flyga: En kvalitativ innehållsanalys av resetidningen Vagabond2020Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Med tanke på den rådande klimatdebatten och den svenska flygskammen som pågår har en kvalitativ innehållsanalys av Sveriges största resetidning Vagabond genomförts. Vagabond skriver och tipsar om resmål och destinationer och uppmuntrar sina läsare att resa och upptäcka världen. Den drivande kraften bakom uppsatsen var således att se hur en stor svensk resetidning kan fortsätta att bedriva sin verksamhet, när allmänheten går mer och mer mot ett minskat resande. Tolv nummer av den fysiska tidningen, samt Vagabonds hemsida, analyserades. Syftet med studien var att undersöka om och hur den rådande klimatdebatten och den svenska flygskammen kunde urskiljas i innehållet, och hur resande gestaltas med hänsyn till denna debatt. De frågeställningar jag utgick min analys från var 1; Kan klimatdebatten och flygskammen urskiljas i Vagabond? I sådant fall hur? 2; Kommer tidningen med specifika förslag till klimatsmartare resealternativ? Hur framställs dessa? 3; Hur gestaltas resande, med hänsyn till klimatdebatten och flygskammen, i texterna?

    Analysen utgår från gestaltningsteorin och hur gestaltningar kan studeras för att se hur innehållet beskriver verkligheten, och vad innehållet representerar. Analysen är uppdelad i två delar. Den första delen analyserar om och hur flygskammen och klimatdebatten kan urskiljas, där en läsning av det mer direkta och framträdande innehållet genomförs. Den andra delen analyserar hur resande gestaltas, där en läsning av det inte lika direkta innehållet genomförs. En läsning som kräver mer tolkning.

    Det är tydligt att Vagabonds redaktion nåtts av debatten och försökt förtydliga detta för sina läsare, med tydliga kopplingar till, och fakta om, bland annat flygskammen och flygets utsläpp. Det har även skett en omgestaltning, från att gestalta resande där destinationen är målet till att gestalta resande där färden är en del av målet. Tåg lyfts fram som ett alternativt färdmedel och mer innehåll fokuserar på kortväga resor än tidigare.

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  • 335.
    Granström, Therese
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Vad är äkta mode på gatorna?: En semiotisk bildanalys av maktstrukturer inom street style fashion photography2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Idén om fotografigenren street style fashion photography är att den visar upp den vanliga människan, i vanliga kläder i en vardaglig kontext. Idén bakom fotografiet i sig går i samma linje om att visa upp det äkta, och i liknande stil skapades de sociala medieplattformen Instagram – för att publicera äkta bilder ”on-the-go”. Tidigare forskning visar dock på att fotografi, Instagram och street style fashion photography inte är lika vanligt och äkta som idéerna om dem. Fotografi handlar om att sätta sig själv i relation till världen och på så sätt skapas en typ av makt.

    Denna uppsats syftar till att blottlägga maktstrukturer i street style fashion photography bilder publicerade av influensers på plattformen Instagram. Metoden som används för att analysera materialet är Roland Barthes semiotiska denotation och konnotationsmodell, de fynd som hittas i analysen diskuteras därefter i relation till Pierre Bourdieus fältteori för att, på en relationell nivå, förstå hur maktstrukturerna placerar ut influenserna på det svenska modefältet online.

    Analysen visar att bilderna i materialet är högst uppstyrda och planerade, det konnoterar olika idéer om kommersiellt mode och kulturproducerat ”högmode”, lyxiga miljöer och ”vanliga” gator, allt detta i förhållande till Instagram estetik och vad som är vinnande visualiteter. De tre influenserna, vars bilder analyseras i studien, placeras i olika positioner på modefältet online men delar samtidigt på positionen som nykomlingar eftersom de kapital de visar upp skiljer sig mellan dem, samtidigt som strategierna för att ta sig an fältet är likande.

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  • 336. Grant, Glen
    et al.
    Horbyk, Roman
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Podolian, Olena
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    [A review of] Colby Howard & Ruslan Pukhov (eds), Brothers Armed: Military Aspects of the Crisis in Ukraine. Second Edition2017In: Europe-Asia Studies, ISSN 0966-8136, E-ISSN 1465-3427, Vol. 69, no 10, p. 1678-1680Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 337.
    Grönblad Ribjer, Max
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Musikens rum: En kvalitativ studie om när en koncentrerad musikupplevelse kan nås med Spotify2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna uppsats syfte ligger i att skapa förståelse för var, när, och hur det är möjligt att uppnå en musikupplevelse som är koncentrerad med Spotify. Tre frågeställningar har tagits fram som behandlar: konstobjektets immateriella form, hur plats och mobilitet kan påverka upplevelsen, och hur detta möjliggör eller försvårar en koncentrerad musikupplevelse. Uppsatsens teoretiska ingång har sin utgångspunkt från Walter Benjamins (2014) tanke om att konsten besitter en aura som påverkas av form och mediering. För att förstå det strömmade musikmediet och konstobjektet används Jay David Bolter & Richard Grusins (1999) remedieringsteori, samt senare teorier om det personliga flödet av Richard Grusin (2009). Tillkommer gör även teorier om musikpraktiker i form av: Lee Marshall (2014) och Eric W. Rothenbuhler & John Durham Peters (1997). Ett fenomenologiskt perspektiv på livet och rummen med medier knyter ihop ramverket och utgår från Scannell (2014), Bakardjieva (2005) och Bengtsson (2007). Ämnet undersöks med en etnografiskt inspirerad metodologi i form av tre kvalitativa forskningsintervjuer med unga, musikintresserade och flitiga användare av Spotify. Det som framkom från intervjuerna var att en koncentrerad musikupplevelse är ovanlig, men inte omöjlig. När allt stämmer kan en djup och nära upplevelse nås. Användarna uttryckte i första hand andra kvalitéter hos det strömmade, det nya ”äkta” ansågs ligga i det personliga och kontrollerade flödet.

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  • 338.
    Gunnarsson Payne, Jenny
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology.
    Tudor, Matilda
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    "Tala klarspråk om genusmotståndarnas politiska agenda"2019In: Altinget: rikspolitik, Vol. 6, no 4 juliArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 339.
    Gustafsson, Jessica
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Domestic Connectivity: Media, Gender and the Domestic Sphere in Kenya2018In: Media and Communication, E-ISSN 2183-2439, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 188-198Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article explores how increased media access and use influences Kenyan women’s everyday life and alters the domestic space. Based on 30 in-depth interviews with women in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya, the article demonstrates that women have incorporated newly gained media into their daily lives and routines. Increased media access has opened up the home and turned the domestic sphere from a secluded place into a connected space in which women can receive input from,connect with and interact with the world beyond their immediate surroundings whilst simultaneously remaining at homeand fulfilling their traditional gender roles. Women’s media use thus reinforces their connection to the domestic sphereand the gendered division of labour. Although it has the potential to challenge gender inequalities, the extent to which this occurs depends on the individual woman’s ability to act on the imagin aries and ideas that media carry.

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  • 340.
    Gustafsson, Jessica
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Gender and mobile phone usage in Kenyan women’s everyday2019In: Gendered Power and Mobile Technology: Intersections in the Global South / [ed] Caroline Wamala Larsson & Laura Stark, Abingdon: Routledge, 2019, p. 25-47Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In both academic and popular discourses, there has been much talk of a mobile revolution in Kenya. Yet how revolutionary has this been for women? The aim of this chapter is to explore how women’s mobile phone usage is related to the negotiation of gender roles in everyday life and how and in what situations mobile phones can empower women. The data was gathered in Uasin Gishu County, an area which is predominantly rural but also home to the city of Eldoret and its surrounding peri-urban areas. The living situation differs widely for women in rural, peri-urban, and urban areas, which influences women’s appropriation of mobile phones. The chapter is based on 30 semi-structured interviews with Kenyan women and asks: how do Kenyan women in rural, peri-urban, and urban areas use mobile phones? When and how do mobile phones empower Kenyan women?

  • 341.
    Gustafsson, Jessica
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    New media coming to Kapkoi2019In: Journal of African Media Studies, ISSN 2040-199X, E-ISSN 1751-7974, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 183-204Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article, by partly adopting a historical perspective, examines the introduction of new media in a Kenyan rural village, Kapkoi, and how it changes the communication ecology in the village. Further it explores how people in Kapkoi use and ascribe meaning to media. The article argues that categories such as gender, age and financial situation influence people's access to and use of media and demonstrates how media use can simultaneously reinforce and challenge power structures. Moreover, it highlights the clear digital divide between rural areas and urban centres, and yet suggests that the introduction of new media is partly owing to the connection between the urban and the rural and that media and communications technologies sustain and increase the connectedness of the local.

  • 342.
    Gustafsson, Jessica
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Ngomba, Teke J.
    Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark..
    Nielsen, Poul Erik
    Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark..
    Introduction: New media and processes of social change in contemporary Africa2019In: Journal of African Media Studies, ISSN 2040-199X, E-ISSN 1751-7974, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 125-141Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 343.
    Gustafsson, Jessica
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Polynczuk-Alenius, Kinga
    Media and Communication between the Local and the Global2018In: Media and Communication, E-ISSN 2183-2439, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 145-148Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This editorial introduces the thematic issue of “Media and Communication between the Local and the Global”. It does so first by presenting the origin of this thematic issue: the Media, Globalization and Social Change division at the NordMedia2017 conference. The thematic issue is then anchored theoretically through discussion of the widely conceived notion of mediation as a technological, symbolic and ethical process―highlighting the interest in how media actors and communication technologies, practices and artefacts mediate between global phenomena and local contexts, which is what unites the contributions to this thematic issue. Last, the final section of this editorial introduces the articles, which coalesce around three broad themes: migration, marginalised communities, and consumption.

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  • 344.
    Gustavsson, Sara
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Osmancevic, Minea
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Vem ska vi förlåta, Margaux Dietz eller SVT?: En kritisk diskursanalys av dokumentärfilmen Kan vi förlåta Margaux? och filmens kritik i nyhetsartiklar.2023Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Studiens syfte är att undersöka vilka diskurser som representeras i dokumentärfilmen "Kan vi förlåta Margaux?” producerad av public service företaget SVT. Vidare undersöks den kritik som diverse nyhetsartiklar har presenterat i samband med dokumentärfilmens publicering. Kritiken som framförs innehåller bland annat uttalanden som berör public service-uppdrag i det svenska samhället och att innehållsvillkor som riktas mot filmproduktionen ej uppfylls. Ovanstående har analyserats och jämförts med innehållsvillkoren som regeringen ställt upp för public service. Studiens empiriska material består av dokumentärfilmen "Kan vi förlåta Margaux?", utvalda nyhetsartiklar som innehåller respons på filmen samt regeringens innehållsvillkor för public service. Metoden som studien använde är Norman Faircloughs tredimensionella modell som har sin grund i den kritiska diskursanalysen. Studiens teoretiska ramverk utgjordes av både teoretiska analysbegrepp från den tredimensionella modellen samt Westerståhls objektivitetsmodell. Resultaten visar vilka teman responsen till dokumentärfilmen berör samt de diskurser som representeras i dokumentärfilmen. Analysen av diskurserna visade bland annat att dokumentärfilmen förhåller sig till de krav och riktlinjer som public service ska följa då de diskurser som dokumentärfilmen skildrar är i linje med de krav om saklighet och opartiskhet som SVT har att förhålla sig till.

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  • 345.
    Guyard, Carina
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS).
    Kommunikationsarbete på distans2014Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This research thesis analyzes the characteristics of communication work in a call centre, by examining the communication work at a Swedish call centre which is outsourced to Latvia. The thesis studies the ways in which communication with the customers is organized, carried out and assigned meaning. Theoretically, the thesis draws on both critical and management-oriented perspectives of work. The empirical investigation combines participant observations at the call centre with individual interviews, mainly conducted with operators and management staff.

    The communication work is analyzed both as labour and as communicative activity. The concept of labour focuses upon the relation between employer and employee. Therefore, the analysis is placed within the framework of a capitalistic production system, through a survey of the economic and the organisational working conditions. The communicative activity deals with how the telephone conversations with the customers are enacted. In that part of the analyses, the working routines and the meaning making practices are illuminated.

    As examined in the current research, the communication work is indeed constructed in an alienated manner, through high levels of standardization, immobility, and estrangement from both customers and the customers’ culture. Nonetheless, merely being employed has meant significant economic security for the operators of the Latvian call centre. The operators are incumbents of a society affected by deep economic crises with high unemployment rates. In relation to their broader society, the employees have found meaning within their immediate social situation. This may explain why they endure the monotonous work with few opportunities for development.

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  • 346.
    Guyard, Carina
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Kaun, Anne
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Workfulness: governing the disobedient brain2018In: Journal of Cultural Economy, ISSN 1753-0350, E-ISSN 1753-0369, Vol. 11, no 6, p. 535-548Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Scandinavian telecommunication company Telenor recently introduced the notion of Workfulness by adapting digital detox to the workplace. Workfulness is a management program aimed at technology-intensive companies that rely strongly on digital media. The program encompasses strategies of disconnection for employees, including mobile and email-free work hours and technology-free meetings, in order to enhance focus and efficiency. This article investigates Workfulness as one prominent example of managerial approaches that are based on neuroscientific assumptions about human decision-making. Drawing on textual materials and interviews, the analysis shows that Workfulness manages digital distractions in the workplace by establishing a form of stimulus-control rather than appealing to rational self-control. Workfulness alludes to the necessity of making choices, but it considers unconscious behavior, which is explained with reference to preconscious workings of the brain. The human brain becomes a battleground between rational and impulsive decisions, and it is the disobedient brain that needs to be governed in order to become an efficient employee. We situate the Workfulness program as part of and at the same time extending the biopolitical economy by incorporating advances in neurosciences into modes of governance.

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  • 347.
    Güler, Elif
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Paradoxal tolerans: En argumentationsanalys av debatten om Lars Vilks Muhammedteckningar i kulturjournalistiska texter2021Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    Freedom of expression is vital to our ability to convey opinions, beliefs, and to meaningfully participate in democracy. Although the laws on freedom of expression have restrictions, it is often difficult to pinpoint exactly what is allowed or not. The aim of this study is to analyze cultural journalistic texts that deal with the Lars Vilks Muhammad drawings controversy in order to gain a greater understanding of the possibilities, problems and limitations of freedom of expression. An argumentation analysis is applied based on the arguments John Durham Peters addresses in Courting the Abyss to see what arguments and positions can be identified and to see what issues the debate concentrates on. Some of the writers agree all opinions, no matter how grotesque they are, must be discussed while some take ethical and moral positions into account. Freedom of speech is a rational principle and the only way to preserve and promote rationality is to strive for virtue. The fear of censorship as a consequence suffocates the artistic expression and the public sphere poorer. The writers criticize institutes and the general public for not standing up for the principle and in some cases, criticize each other for hypocrisy and double standards. 

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  • 348.
    Hahrs, Julia
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Röst och representation på TV: En kvantitativ innehållsanalys av vems röst som representeras när och hur länge, kopplat till vilket inslag, i TV4s Nyhetsmorgon2021Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    Is there a difference between whose voice is represented in individual elements in TV4’s morning show Nyhetsmorgon? This study aims to map out whose voice is represented in what segment of the show. To have a voice is an important building block in a modern democratic society. Additionally, the voices that are actually heard also need to originate from different people as the difference is important in the process of producing meaning. Nyhetsmorgon could operate as a platform for all voices to be heard, but instead of using the power they possess, they allocate the space unequally. Based on a quantitative content analysis, with a theoretical groundwork derived from Nick Couldry’s voice theory and Stuart Hall’s theory of representation, this study indicates under-representation of different voices and that certain qualifications are considered advantageous in how much someone is allowed to have their voice heard. The most common voice represented in Nyhetsmorgon is an adult female who is invited to function as a professional. She has a common Swedish first name, not necessarily a common Swedish surname, and gets to speak for about 3–4 minutes without any interruptions. She is not perceived to have a non-Nordic background. This invited guest appears, as such, most often in the culture and entertainment category. 

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  • 349.
    Halling, Conrad
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    ”Ska jag sjukanmäla mig via Snap?”: En jämförande kvalitativ studie om hur etik och normer påverkar olika generationers val och användning av digitala kommunikationer i arbetslivet2020Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    Det har gjorts en betydande mängd forskning som undersöker människors normativa föreställningar och attityder till medieanvändning i arbetslivet, men det finns en kunskapslucka utifrån ett medievetenskapligt vardagligt perspektiv på det svenska arbetslivet. Syftet med denna kvalitativa studie har varit att skaffa en fördjupad förståelse för vilka normativa föreställningar som idag finns, och om skillnader uppstår mellan generationer. Studien genomfördes med hjälp av fokusgrupper innehållandes en yngre generation och en äldre generation och utgick från dessa frågeställningar: Hur skiljer sig valet av kommunikationsplattformar mellan generationer i arbetslivet och hur motiveras deras val? Vilka förväntningar har de olika generationerna på olika kommunikationsplattformar i arbetslivet? Samt vilka normativa föreställningar finns kring kommunikationens tid och rum samt hur skiljer de sig mellan generationerna? Med tillämpandet av flera medievetenskapliga teorier för att tolka respondenternas meningsutbyte kommer studien fram till att generationerna delar uppfattningar som att vissa kommunikationsplattformar i arbetslivet prefereras utifrån ålder, men att det dessutom finns skillnader mellan generationerna som i deras föredragna val av specifika kommunikationsplattformar på arbetsplatsen. Studien påvisar att den äldre generationen besitter en bristande kunskap om digitala plattformar i jämförelse med yngre generationen, men att båda generationer delar likartade föreställningar om hur användningen av kommunikationsplattformar i arbetslivet ska gränsdras.

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  • 350. Hammarlund, Johan
    et al.
    Andersson Schwarz, Jonas
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Bilder av mord: presstexter om dödligt våld i Sverige 2001-20172018In: Sverigebilden: om journalistik och verklighet / [ed] Lars Truedson, Stockholm: Institutet för mediestudier , 2018, p. 15-38Chapter in book (Other academic)
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