Social Inequalities: Media Coverage and Society Expectations

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Social Inequalities: Media Coverage and Society Expectations

July 15, 2020 Education and Social Studies 0

The article deals with the ways of media coverage of financial and ethnic distinctions in society. Analysis is based on the comparative Russian-Swedish research of regional media. The research revealed that material divides are mostly covered through several discourses: social policies aimed at elimination of material differences, information on individual solutions for financial problems, mass media as the helpline for the underprivileged. There are penetrations of material divides issues in some relative topics but media evidently escape conflicts escalation.  The audience in Russia finds the coverage of these issues unsatisfactory as it does not touch the structural material divides. The “disparity” discourse was apparent in discussions on ethnic divides and migration. Media do not present ethnic differences as inequalities and escape of mentioning them except urgent grounds; ethnic divides are either built into the overall context of material ones or placed into “us and they” discourse. Being slightly and not systematically articulated in media, material and ethnic diversities turn to become real gaps which are impossible to overcome both in mind and reality.

Author(s) Details

Professor, Dr. hab. Marina Aleksandrovna Berezhnaia
Saint Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, 7/9, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia.

Professor, Dr. hab. Sergey Grigorievich Korkonosenko
Saint Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, 7/9, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia.

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