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The Rise and Fall of Social CohesionThe Construction and De-construction of Social Trust in the US, UK, Sweden and Denmark$
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Christian Albrekt Larsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681846.001.0001

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The Media Poor and the Stories about Them

The Media Poor and the Stories about Them

(p.143) 7 The Media Poor and the Stories about Them
The Rise and Fall of Social Cohesion

Christian Albrekt Larsen

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a unique overview of how ‘the bottom’ in general is constructed in the US, UK, Sweden, and Denmark. Some of these patterns reflect some of the socio-economic ‘realities’ However, the described patterns in the mass media representation also demonstrate a large number of disparities between ‘reality’ and the mass media construction of ‘reality’. Some of the disparities found by the previous American literature could also be found in UK, Sweden and Denmark. But the description of cross-national patterns in mass media constructions reveals other striking disparities. One is that despite the fact that the neo-liberal labour market trajectory created many working poor, the American and British mass media depicted very few media-poor that had a job. And despite the absence of working poor in Sweden and Denmark (due to due to high minimum wages, the Danish and especially the Swedish mass media depicted many media-poor with a job.

Keywords:   socio-economic realities, mass media representation, media constructions, working poor, media-poor, minimum wages

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