Construing oppositions, demarcating a we-ness : The dramaturgy of a live TV debate on the refugee crisis

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dc.contributor.author Hellman, Carin Matilda Emelie
dc.contributor.author Lerkkanen, Tuulia Minja Marjatta
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-21T15:07:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-21T15:07:01Z
dc.date.issued 2019-02-01
dc.identifier.citation Hellman , C M E & Lerkkanen , T M M 2019 , ' Construing oppositions, demarcating a we-ness : The dramaturgy of a live TV debate on the refugee crisis ' , European Journal of Cultural Studies , vol. 22 , no. 1 , pp. 37-59 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549417719060
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dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0001-8884-8601/work/53186274
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85060757932
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dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/296515
dc.description.abstract This study concerns the dramaturgy of a 2-hour-long live televised debate by the Finnish public service broadcasting company YLE regarding how the country was to answer to increased numbers of asylum seekers in 2015. It provides insight into generic features of live TV discussions for articulating the refugee crisis as a national political concern. It unfolds a media construction ‘in the making’ identifying: (1) the positions that participants are given and taken in the TV discussion context and (2) the dramaturgical execution that served to create oppositions and tensions. The study points out how dramatic compositions of scenes utilized participants’ assumed speakers’ positions and so created action and tensions. Despite efforts of a bold and fresh grasp, the programme channelled a classic polarization construct between ‘us’ (Finnish people) and ‘them’ (refugees) in its mere point of departure. The analysis shows the wrong and undeserving ways in which the otherhood of the immigrants is performed in a Finnish context. During the live broadcast, refugees were put to the test to demonstrate their compliance with right sorts of otherhood; they were asked to eat Finnish food and show their skills in the Finnish language. The analysis shows how journalistic and editorial decisions surrounding the dramaturgy of a live TV show actively contribute to the reproduction of certain political setups and elements of blame and shame. It points out a great need for awareness and sensitivity of the imaginary material that orders and underpins journalistic narratives regarding the European refugee situation. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof European Journal of Cultural Studies
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dc.subject 5141 Sociology
dc.title Construing oppositions, demarcating a we-ness : The dramaturgy of a live TV debate on the refugee crisis en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Sociology
dc.contributor.organization Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
dc.contributor.organization Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549417719060
dc.relation.issn 1367-5494
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