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Two sides of the same coin: A comparative study of how the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama was represented in Swedish and U.S daily news papers
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to describe and compare how the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama was represented in Swedish and U.S daily press. Based on the ontology of social constructivism and theories of media representation, medialization and international relations – a combination of quantitative and qualitative content analysis will be conducted to be able to describe what the media representation of Obama as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate looked like. Drawing from theories about different media systems and political cultures influence on media representation as a benchmark for the analytical framework, words and meanings used by media to represent the event will be compared. The analysis will portray some similarities as well as some substantial differences between the two cases as articles published in DN were much more likely to focus on the politicization of the award and the U.S hegemonic role in the global community. Both cases were found to have similar amounts of articles coded as negative, but as the qualitative analysis showed – it was for different reasons. The plausible effects of the award were found to be considerably more optimistic in Swedish press, reflecting the nation's strong belief in liberal institutionalism and importance of soft power. U.S press revealed a rather mixed message, portraying the highly polarized political climate, where some portrayed the prize as a confirmation of the U.S role in the world and U.S values: others viewed the award as a threat toward U.S interests and unilateralism.

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2015. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
Nobel Peace Prize, Obama, media representation, medialization, international relations
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8060Local ID: EIS501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-8060DiVA: diva2:851316
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Political science
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IPPE
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Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-04 Last updated: 2015-09-07Bibliographically approved

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