The value-basis of the Øresund region – does it even exist?

University essay from Lunds universitet/Europastudier

Abstract: The aim of this master’s thesis is to analyze how the Øresund region is discussed in the two leading Scanian morning papers; Sydsvenskan and Skånska Dagbladet. It also aims at discussing the value-basis of the Øresund region and values attributed to the Øresund co-operation. The thesis will consist of a qualitative text analysis of twenty-four articles in Sydsvenskan and seventeen in Skånska Dagbladet. By understanding regionalism as an ideology, the objective is to study the textual manifestations of the ideological foundations in the two papers and to use these as the basis for the understanding of the paper’s perspective of the region. The aim is to understand each paper’s perspective and to compare them with each other in order to get a partial grasp of the Scanian notion of the region. The ambition of this thesis is not to determine whether there exists a regionalist movement or not in the region, but to simply use the ideological dimensions in order to understand the morning papers’ perspectives and opinions about the region. The conclusions that can be drawn in this thesis is that the Øresund region is discussed in a variety of ways, depending on the observer and the context. What is common for most articles is the existence of an intrinsic dislike towards the central power in Sweden, which could be said to form the foundation of value-basis of the region.

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