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Media’s Framing of Same-Sex Couple Adoption in Sweden between 1978- 2003
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

After many years of discussion, in 2003 it became legal for homosexuals to adopt children in Sweden. This bachelor thesis investigates how the framing of same-sex couple adoption has changed in the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter between the years 1978 and 2003. Focusing on the years preceding legalization of homosexual adoption helps us capture the discursive shifts before legalization was thinkable. Thus, ours is a longitudinal single case study, with the studied period divided in 5 intervals. We apply qualitative content analysis and framing theory in order to capture the underlying meanings of the articles. Our analytical framework, deduced from earlier research, consists of three frames: “love”, “rights” and “family norms”. The articles for analysis were selected with a strategy following randomization. During our intervals, the framing of the articles was both positive and negative towards samesex couple adoption. A recurring theme in our corpus concerns whether allowing homosexual couples to adopt would harm the child, even though no research mentions that it would. One of our conclusions is that apart from the three frames from previous literature, we should also distinguish an alternative frame concerning “the best of the child”. The most notable change during the studied years was that in the last interval an increased number of articles were published on the topic of same sex-couple adoption and the most common frame over the whole period was “rights”. Within rights a religious standpoint was also noted. The second most mentioned frame was “family norms” discussing breaking of the traditional family constellation. Our third frame - “love” - was not mentioned even once in our material.

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2018. , p. 41
Keywords [en]
Same-sex couple adoption, media, framing, homosexual parents, Sweden
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12634Local ID: EIS501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12634DiVA, id: diva2:1230489
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Political science
Educational program
International Programme in Politics and Economics
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Available from: 2018-07-05 Created: 2018-07-03 Last updated: 2018-07-05Bibliographically approved

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