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Blomberg, H. & Stier, J. (2019). Flashback as a Rhetorical Online Battleground: Debating the (Dis)guise of the Nordic Resistance Movement. SOCIAL MEDIA + SOCIETY, 5(1), Article ID 2056305118823336.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Flashback as a Rhetorical Online Battleground: Debating the (Dis)guise of the Nordic Resistance Movement
2019 (English)In: SOCIAL MEDIA + SOCIETY, ISSN 2056-3051, Vol. 5, no 1, article id 2056305118823336Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The right-wing Swedish Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) is increasingly active on social media. Using discursive psychology, this text explores the rhetorical organization of text and rhetorical resources used on the Swedish online forum Flashback. The aim is to reveal and problematize truth claims about NRM made by antagonists and protagonists. Questions are (1) how and what do NRM antagonists and protagonists convey in Flashback posts about NRM, and its ideology and members? (2) how do NRM antagonists and protagonists make truth claims about NRM in Flashback posts? The empirical material consisting of 1546 Flashback posts analyzed to identify typical discussions on "NMR's true nature"; accomplished social actions stemming from the posts. Findings show that the Flashback thread can be understood as being a rhetorical battle that concerns the "truth" about NRM, where a variety of rhetorical resources are used to render statements credibility and those involved legitimacy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD, 2019
Keywords
extremism, online fora, Flashback, discourse, truth claims
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-42762 (URN)10.1177/2056305118823336 (DOI)000458183300001 ()
Available from: 2019-02-22 Created: 2019-02-22 Last updated: 2019-02-26Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, H. (2019). “We’re not magicians!” On the use of rhetorical resources in Swedish news media narratives portraying the social services and social workers. Qualitative Social Work, 18(2), 229-246
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“We’re not magicians!” On the use of rhetorical resources in Swedish news media narratives portraying the social services and social workers
2019 (English)In: Qualitative Social Work, ISSN 1473-3250, E-ISSN 1741-3117, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 229-246Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on how the Swedish news media depicts the functioning of the social services and the situation of social workers. The empirical material consists of 586 articles published online during the years 2010–2015. A discursive approach makes up the theoretical and methodological framework. The aims of the article are to identify and categorise media narratives about social services and social workers, how they are portrayed, what is conveyed and how the stakeholders’ (politicians, managers and social workers) negotiate the question of responsibility for the situation in the social services. The study identifies and categorises seven different types of media narrative. In these narratives, social workers are portrayed in various ways, such as unwilling to stay in the profession, concerned, hardworking, etc. Reports on the crisis in the social services tend to dominate, e.g. how the social services fail to follow-up cases of child abuse, social workers’ heavy workload and that legal security cannot be guaranteed. Stakeholders, faced with reported criticism, maintain credibility by taking some responsibility and/or displacing liability by using various rhetorical resources. The media produces a public image of the lack of responsibility for solving the problematic situation. In this respect, the take-action-narratives are central to the debate, which argues for joint action to be taken to find solutions. Although the media is a powerful and scrutinising tool, it also needs to report on the improvements that have been made in order to give a more balanced picture of the social services.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE Publications Inc., 2019
Keywords
discourse, Media, narrative, sociology, article, child abuse, follow up, human, joint, manager, occupation, public figure, responsibility, social work, theoretical study, treatment failure, workload
National Category
Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-43182 (URN)10.1177/1473325017710324 (DOI)000464031600008 ()2-s2.0-85064234031 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-04-25 Created: 2019-04-25 Last updated: 2019-06-12Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, H. & Welander, J. (2016). ”Kör tills du brakar, sedan kastar vi ut dig om du inte flyr innan”: Socialsekreterares berättelser om uppbrottet från arbetsplatsen.. In: : . Paper presented at Presenterat vid den 9:e Livsberättelsekonferensen, Uppsala Universitet..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>”Kör tills du brakar, sedan kastar vi ut dig om du inte flyr innan”: Socialsekreterares berättelser om uppbrottet från arbetsplatsen.
2016 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-36261 (URN)
Conference
Presenterat vid den 9:e Livsberättelsekonferensen, Uppsala Universitet.
Available from: 2017-08-22 Created: 2017-08-22 Last updated: 2018-12-14Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, H. & Stier, J. (2016). Metaphorical expression used in Swedish news media narratives to portray the shortage of nurses and their working conditions. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(2), 382-395
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Metaphorical expression used in Swedish news media narratives to portray the shortage of nurses and their working conditions
2016 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, E-ISSN 1365-2648, Vol. 72, no 2, p. 382-395Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: The aim of the study is to uncover and reveal how nurses as a profession and their working conditions are dramatized and portrayed inSwedish media narratives about the shortage of nurses. Background: The media is an arena where stakeholders can air their views of the healthcare sector in general and the situation for nurses in particular. The focus in this study is the debate in Sweden on the shortage of nurses. Design: Qualitative discursive study. Method: A discourse analysis of media narratives about nurses and their working conditions published in several Swedish newspapers from 2009-2014. 1779 articles were included in the study. A selection (113 articles) of these articles was further analysed using a qualitative discursive psychological approach. Findings: Nurses are portrayed as being good, concerned about and critical of healthcare managers and politicians for not taking action. The accused actors justify their actions by partially accepting or displacing responsibility. The shortage of nurses is framed as a social problem - a threat to patients' safety. Seven different types of metaphorical expression frame the problem as inevitable, beyond control, abstract, an individual and collegial problem and nurses as replaceable. In addition, nurses and patients are dehumanized and no-one is held responsible. Conclusions: This study analyses the role of the media in emphasizing the seriousness or obscurity of the problem and possible solutions to it. Alternative narratives are needed to re-frame the nursing shortage and to find sustainable solutions. 

Keywords
discursive psychology, metaphorical expressions, narratives, nurses, nursing shortage, the media
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30691 (URN)10.1111/jan.12839 (DOI)000367947700014 ()26497298 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-84954027781 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2018-10-16Bibliographically approved
Stier, J. & Blomberg, H. (2016). The quest for truth: The use of discursive and rhetorical resources in newspaper coverage of the (mis)treatment of young Swedish gymnasts. Discourse & Communication, 10(1), 65-81
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The quest for truth: The use of discursive and rhetorical resources in newspaper coverage of the (mis)treatment of young Swedish gymnasts
2016 (English)In: Discourse & Communication, ISSN 1750-4813, E-ISSN 1750-4821, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 65-81Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2012, the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) published a series of articles criticising Swedish national level gymnastics for being abusive. This text analyses the subsequent debate by identifying the discursive and rhetorical resources used by the involved parties. The analysis shows how the parties negotiate accountability, manage dilemmas of stake and what the possible social consequences of these are. Five narratives are singled out in the debate: the counter narrative, the victim narrative, the defence-speech narrative, the expert narrative and the ‘not-us-narrative’. In these narratives, the involved parties used rhetorical resources to account for reality. Hence, the gymnastics community, the research community, individuals and journalists are all portrayed as actors co-producing a social problem.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage, 2016
Keywords
Discursive phychology, rhetorical resources, media narratives, gymnastics, newspaper
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30689 (URN)10.1177/1750481315600310 (DOI)000368276300004 ()2-s2.0-84954425128 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, H. & Stier, J. (2015). The launching and establishment of a social problem: An analysis of the debate on Swedish national level gymnastics in Dagens Nyheter 2012-2013.. Sociologisk forskning, 52(1), 61-79
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The launching and establishment of a social problem: An analysis of the debate on Swedish national level gymnastics in Dagens Nyheter 2012-2013.
2015 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 52, no 1, p. 61-79Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2012 Sweden's largest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, published a number of articles on the state of affairs in Swedish national level gymnastics. In these articles, ex-gymnasts, coaches, parents and physicians stepped forward and testified about recurrent wrongdoings and abuse against young (particularly) female gymnasts. In response to the criticism, the accused coaches and representatives of the Swedish Gymnastics Federation downsized or dismissed the criticism as inaccurate. This being said, and using discursive psychology and a qualitative design, this article sheds light upon this debate by viewing it as a struggle between a hegemonic discourse of "the goodness" of sports, on the one hand, a number of unfavorable and negative testimonies of the state of affairs in Swedish national level gymnastics on the other. More concretely, this struggle has been analyzed with regard to the discursive and rhetoric resources the involved parties' used to pursue their claims about the state of affairs in Swedish national level gymnastics and the impact these resources had for their credibility and legitimacy. Questions were: Who is entitled "to spell out" their view on the state of affairs within Swedish national level gymnastics? What is mediated and how? How are descriptions and accounts about reality constructed as credible and factual? It is concluded that social problems are launched via co-production; in this process, the gymnastics community, the research community, single individuals, and the media - were co-actors.

National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27971 (URN)000353178600004 ()2-s2.0-84928981490 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2015-05-15 Created: 2015-05-15 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, H. & Stier, J. (2014). Havererade vårdkontakter: De professionellas vittnesmål om vanskliga vårdrelationer; hur de kan förstås, hanteras och förebyggas. Västerås: Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd, Mälardalens högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Havererade vårdkontakter: De professionellas vittnesmål om vanskliga vårdrelationer; hur de kan förstås, hanteras och förebyggas
2014 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd, Mälardalens högskola, 2014. p. 32
Keywords
interaktion, kommunikation, vårdkontakter, vårdmöten
National Category
Social Sciences Health Sciences
Research subject
Working Life Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27282 (URN)
Available from: 2015-01-07 Created: 2015-01-07 Last updated: 2015-01-14Bibliographically approved
Stier, J. & Blomberg, H. (2013). “(Non-)abusive leadership in Swedish national level gymnastics: Portrayed and dramatized in and by the media”. In: 11th conference of the European Sociological Association, 26-29 august, Torino.: . Paper presented at 11th conference of the European Sociological Association, 26-29 august, Torino..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“(Non-)abusive leadership in Swedish national level gymnastics: Portrayed and dramatized in and by the media”
2013 (English)In: 11th conference of the European Sociological Association, 26-29 august, Torino., 2013Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
Gymnastics, media, discourse, rhetorics
National Category
Social Sciences Sociology
Research subject
Working Life Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-23047 (URN)
Conference
11th conference of the European Sociological Association, 26-29 august, Torino.
Available from: 2013-12-02 Created: 2013-12-02 Last updated: 2015-06-26Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, H. & Börjesson, M. (2013). The chronological I: The use of time as a rhetorical resource when doing identity in bullying narratives. Narrative Inquiry, 23(2), 245-261
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The chronological I: The use of time as a rhetorical resource when doing identity in bullying narratives
2013 (English)In: Narrative Inquiry, ISSN 1387-6740, E-ISSN 1569-9935, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 245-261Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the article is to problematise and discuss the usefulness of the chronological I as a new analytical approach for studying the doing of identity in storytelling. The chronological I can be both a rhetorical resource for narrators and a new analytical tool for studying the process of doing identity. The article suggests that the chronological I adds a new analytical dimension to different types of narrative analysis. The article takes its point of departure in the understanding of the narrator as using time as a rhetorical resource for telling or doing identity in ongoing interactions. In this discursive narrative approach, narratives are viewed as socially situated actions in a context in which the narrator has to relate to culturally accepted agreements about responsibility and agency. The data for this article is based on interviews with twelve individuals exposed to workplace bullying. As this topic is sensitive, there is a need for narrators to manage their accountability when asked to account for their agency or non agency in the reported events.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2013
Keywords
narrative, discourse analysis, doing identity, the chronological I, workplace bullying, rhetorical resourses
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-25281 (URN)10.1075/ni.23.2.02blo (DOI)000340814600002 ()2-s2.0-84900398611 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2014-06-18 Created: 2014-06-18 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, H. (2012). ”Mobbning är ett farligt och smittsamt virus” – metaforer som retorisk resurs i berättelser. In: Karlsson, M. & Pérez P.H. (Ed.), Livsberättelser: mening och identitet i tid och rum: (pp. 43-57). Karlstad: Karlstads universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mobbning är ett farligt och smittsamt virus” – metaforer som retorisk resurs i berättelser
2012 (Swedish)In: Livsberättelser: mening och identitet i tid och rum: / [ed] Karlsson, M. & Pérez P.H., Karlstad: Karlstads universitet , 2012, p. 43-57Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2012
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2012:18
Keywords
Mobbning, diskurser, retorik, metaforer
National Category
Sociology Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-14368 (URN)978-91-7063-412-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-03-19 Created: 2012-03-19 Last updated: 2013-11-13Bibliographically approved
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