Unheard Voices : Representation of Roma in Swedish and German Media Discourse

University essay from Uppsala universitet/Teologiska institutionen

Abstract:

This thesis examines the prevalence of Roma voices in Swedish and German newspaper articles specifically about Roma individuals or groups. It explores the importance of discursive self-representation for minority and marginalised groups, and evaluates the level of participation afforded to the Roma in three of the largest newspapers in each country, across a varied political spectrum. Sweden and Germany both profess to be seeking solutions to the widespread discrimination against Roma within their own countries and across Europe, and therefore provide interesting comparative case studies, both due to their historical relationship with Roma populations and in light of contemporary events. This study uses quantitative analysis to determine the percentage of newspaper articles about Roma that include a Roma voice and qualitative analysis to investigate the variety of voices included. The findings are then analysed using theories regarding European identity-building, Orientalism, and media analysis. The thesis concludes with a reflection upon the impact of under- or misrepresentation on minority groups, and includes recommendations for the improvement of representation and participation of marginalised voices in media discourse.

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