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Media framing of symbolic power: a comparative study of heads of states in the United Kingdom and India
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
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 analyze and compare how two heads of states, the Queen of the United Kingdom and the President of India, are framed by the media. Two most similar cases where the heads of states are both symbolic, but differ in how they gain their positions, have been chosen. The research question is therefore to find out if the media frame these two figures in the same way. Using the ontology of social constructivism and theory of media framing to achieve a qualitative analysis. Two frames, authority and periphery, are used to compare these two cases in three concepts; political life, personal attributes and institution.

The result shows that the Queen and the President are framed differently in two concepts; political life and institution. The President is framed as more of an authority politically while the Queen is more in the periphery politically and vice versa in the concept of institution. They are both framed as authorities in their personal descriptions by the media.

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2015. , 56 p.
Keyword [en]
Media framing, symbolic power, british monarchy, indian presidency, head of state
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8934Local ID: EIS501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-8934DiVA: diva2:898166
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Political science
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IPPE
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Available from: 2016-01-28 Created: 2016-01-27 Last updated: 2016-01-28Bibliographically approved

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