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The Politics of Fear, Mobility, and Media Discourses: A Case Study of Malmö
Lunds universitet.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (Geomedia/Kufo)
2015 (English)In: Transfers, ISSN 2045-4813, E-ISSN 2045-4821, Vol. 5, no 1, 7-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study focuses on Seved, a segregated and socioeconomically “poor” neighborhood in the city of Malmö in Sweden. It has attracted wide media coverage, a possible consequence of which is its increased stigmatization. The wide disparity between perceived or imagined fear and the actual incidence of, or exposure to, violence attests to the important role of the media in shaping mental maps and place images. Critical discourse analysis of daily newspaper articles shows that Seved is predominantly construed as unruly and a place of lawlessness. Mobility comprises an important aspect of the stigmatization of places, the politics of fear, and discourses of the “other.” In turn, place stigmatization, discourses of the other, and the politics of fear directly and indirectly affect mobility strategies of individuals and groups.

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2015. Vol. 5, no 1, 7-27 p.
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36011DOI: 10.3167/TRANS.2015.050103OAI: diva2:811990
Available from: 2015-05-14 Created: 2015-05-14 Last updated: 2015-07-02Bibliographically approved

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