Media for Diversity and Migrant Integration

Representation of the Other in Norwegian Debate Programmes 1987-1997

TitleRepresentation of the Other in Norwegian Debate Programmes 1987-1997
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsAlghasi, S.
EditorAlghasi, S., T. H. Eriksen, and H. Ghorashi
Book TitleParadoxes of Cultural Recognition: Perspectives from modern Europe
Place PublishedFarnham, UK
Type of WorkMonographic chapter
1) Abstract

The article illustrates how immigration is represented and discussed on television debate programmes in Norway. The first section is an analysis of the representations and narratives of immigrants and immigration. The second section is about how these narratives and representations have been subject to change, along with the cultural practice of the debate programmes.

2.1) Publication LanguageEnglish
2.3) Original Research or Not


3.1) Main Issues

The article concludes that, overall there has been a radicalization of debate on immigration. The changes in the way that immigration and immigrants are represented on TV debate programmes has changed and been influenced by the entrance into the Norwegian TV market of TV2 and by the channel’s selection of themes for debate. Prior to this, there were stable ways in which ‘the other’ was presented

3.2) Media

39 episodes from four television debate programmes. Two from the major state channels and two from the major commercial channel.

3.3) Media Genres

TV debate programmes

3.4) Key Theories

Discourse analysis

4.1) Relevance

Useful resource due to the focus on TV rather than print media. Also useful because it tracks changes in representation over time (10yrs)

Keywordscontent, discourse, discrimination, language, norway, representation