Naturalizing Social Class as a Moral Category on Swedish Mainstream Television

Naturalizing Social Class as a Moral Category on Swedish Mainstream Television AbstractThis paper presents an analysis of how social class is constructed as a moral category on Swedish mainstream television. Practices of categorisation by the media is an important area of study since these practices are part of a process of co-construction of social categories that are offered to media users as cognitive tools and frames for navigating the social landscape. Based on a content analysis of television in Sweden, we show that the medium of television categorises people appearing on television along the social divisions of class and constructs class as a moral category, with a lower moral value assigned to the working class in comparison to the middle and upper class. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nordicom Review de Gruyter

Naturalizing Social Class as a Moral Category on Swedish Mainstream Television

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Sciendo
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© 2018 Peter Jakobsson et al., published by Sciendo
ISSN
2001-5119
eISSN
2001-5119
D.O.I.
10.2478/nor-2018-0003
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Abstract

AbstractThis paper presents an analysis of how social class is constructed as a moral category on Swedish mainstream television. Practices of categorisation by the media is an important area of study since these practices are part of a process of co-construction of social categories that are offered to media users as cognitive tools and frames for navigating the social landscape. Based on a content analysis of television in Sweden, we show that the medium of television categorises people appearing on television along the social divisions of class and constructs class as a moral category, with a lower moral value assigned to the working class in comparison to the middle and upper class.

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Nordicom Reviewde Gruyter

Published: May 1, 2018

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