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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: 2019-11-17
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: 2019-11-17
Blomberg, H. & Karlsson, M. (2018). Advice-seeking-narratives among parents concerning school bullying – the use of narratives in mediated interaction between advice-seeker and advice-givers online.. In: : . Paper presented at 11:e Livsberättelsekonferensen, Linköping Universitet,2018-11-22.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Advice-seeking-narratives among parents concerning school bullying – the use of narratives in mediated interaction between advice-seeker and advice-givers online.
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-46127 (URN)
Conference
11:e Livsberättelsekonferensen, Linköping Universitet,2018-11-22
Available from: 2019-11-17 Created: 2019-11-17 Last updated: 2019-12-18Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, H., Båtefalk, L. & Stier, J. (2018). Extremistisk ideologi i den retoriska kampen om sanningen: fallet Nordiska motståndsrörelsen på sociala medier och i lokalpress. Falun: Högskolan Dalarna
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Extremistisk ideologi i den retoriska kampen om sanningen: fallet Nordiska motståndsrörelsen på sociala medier och i lokalpress
2018 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2018. p. 35
National Category
Sociology Media and Communications
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-47192 (URN)978-91-88679-20-8 (ISBN)
Note

Reviderad

Available from: 2020-03-04 Created: 2020-03-04 Last updated: 2020-03-04Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, H. & Stier, J. (2016). Att vara kommunikativt låst: Professionellas berättande om (vanskliga) vårdrelationer. Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, 23(1), 59-76
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att vara kommunikativt låst: Professionellas berättande om (vanskliga) vårdrelationer
2016 (Swedish)In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 23, no 1, p. 59-76Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the article is to shed light on the social dynamic that characterizes communicative breakdowns. As a first stage, this has been explored through individual and group interviews with 34 healthcare professionals about situations where they claim there has been a communication breakdown. Based on the professionals’ testimonies, the research question was: how do professionals illustrate their experiences of communicative breakdowns? In terms of theory, the study draws upon an integrated approach to language and social interaction dynamics – for example how actors mediate positions and roles, but also present, negotiate and determine the course of action in patient cases. Findings show: (1) different degrees of severity in communicative breakdowns, and (2) that the professionals have developed and use both explicit and implicit strategies to handle ”delicate relationships” in this kind of interactions.

Keywords
Kommunikation, vårdmöten, berättelse
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-47189 (URN)
Available from: 2020-03-04 Created: 2020-03-04 Last updated: 2020-03-04Bibliographically 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: 2019-11-17
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: 2019-11-17
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: 2019-11-17
Blomberg, H. & Stier, J. (2015). Lanseringen och etableringen av ett socialt problem: En analys av debatten om ledarkulturen inom svensk landslagsgymnastik i Dagens Nyheter 2012–2013. Sociologisk forskning, 52(1), 61-79
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lanseringen och etableringen av ett socialt problem: En analys av debatten om ledarkulturen inom svensk landslagsgymnastik i Dagens Nyheter 2012–2013
2015 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 52, no 1, p. 61-79Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The launching and establishment of a social problem: An analysis of the debate on Swedish national level gymnastics in Dagens Nyheter 2012-2013

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. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun: Sveriges Sociologförbund, 2015
Keywords
gymnastics, discursive psychology, rhetorical and discursive resources, discourse, testimonies
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-47202 (URN)
Note

Sociologisk Forsknings digitala arkiv

Available from: 2020-03-04 Created: 2020-03-04 Last updated: 2020-03-04Bibliographically 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: 2019-11-17
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