Book Chapter

Foreign News: A Flagship of the Nation in an Age of Globalization


Chapter Author
Anna Roosvall

Syracuse University Press


This chapter is about the journalistic genre termed foreign news and examines the development of the genre during a period that spans from the last years of the Cold War in the 1980s to the years after the new millenium after September 11, 2001. Articles from the Swedish press published in 1987, 1995 and 2002 are analyzed in relation to notions of globalization. I argue that throughout the time period surveyed, which coincides with the period when the concept of globalization entered academic as well as public discussion to become a generic paradigm, foreign news remained largely un-affected by de-nationalizing tendencies and moreover increased its use of exoticizing perspectives. This development in foreign news contradicts theories of globalization that stress de-nationalization and de-exoticization. In fact, in an age of alleged globalization, foreign news is still steered by the "will to nationhood", as Homi Bhabha terms it, and acts as a flagship of the nation.

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    Book Chapter (peer reviewed)
  • Anthology:
    Imagined Identities: Identity Formation in the Age of Globalization
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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


Roosvall, A. (2014). Foreign News: A Flagship of the Nation in an Age of Globalization. In: G. Pultar, ed., Imagined Identities: Identity Formation in the Age of Globalization, Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.