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Cultural Communication as Political Communication


Chapter Authors
Nete Nørgaard Kristensen, Anna Roosvall



This chapter makes the argument that issues related to the cultural public sphere should be considered part of the political communication circuit. Cultural journalism in the Nordic context is a central case in point. On the side of arts, popular culture, and lifestyle, Nordic cultural journalism at times includes reporting and debate about sociocultural and politically saturated issues such as climate change, migration, terrorism, freedom of speech, identity politics, and gender inequalities. The chapter highlights three theoretical approaches, intersecting with the field of political communication, which have been of particular importance in Nordic scholarship about cultural journalism: public sphere theory, the politics of recognition, and the sociology of (cultural) journalism. The media coverage and debates about #metoo in Danish and Swedish cultural journalism in late 2017 serve to illustrate the arguments about the political in cultural journalism and reveals its quantitative salience as well as its qualitative specificities. Key words: cultural journalism, political communication, public sphere theory, recognition, democracy theory, sociology of journalism, #metoo

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    Power, Communication, and Politics in the Nordic Countries
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About the Author

Anna Roosvall

Anna Roosvall got her PhD at the department for Journalism, Media and Communication, at Stockholm University in 2005. Her doctoral dissertation was about Swedish foreign news and aspects of nationality, ethnicity and gender. She was a post-doc res... Read more


Nørgaard Kristensen, N. and Roosvall, A. (2021). Cultural Communication as Political Communication. In: Ø. Ihlen, L. Nord, N. Nørgaard Kristensen and E. Skogebø, eds., Power, Communication, and Politics in the Nordic Countries, 1st ed. Göteborg: Nordicom, pp. 177-196.