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The quest for truth. The use of discursive and rhetorical resources in newspaper coverage of the (mis)treatment of young Swedish gymnasts
Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7832-2155
Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6227-4408
2016 (English)In: Discourse & Communication, ISSN 1750-4813, E-ISSN 1750-4821, Vol. 10, no 1, 65-81 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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

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2016. Vol. 10, no 1, 65-81 p.
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discursive phychology, rhetorical resources, media narratives, gymnastics, newspaper
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-20757DOI: 10.1177/1750481315600310OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-20757DiVA: diva2:893368
Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2016-11-28Bibliographically approved

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