Boundary Struggles (Heftet)

Contestations of Free Speech in the Norwegian Public Sphere


Arnfinn Midtbøen, Kari Steen-Johnsen and Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud (Eds.)

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Innbinding: Heftet
Utgivelsesår: 2019
Antall sider: 326
Forlag: Cappelen Damm Akademisk
Språk/målform: Engelsk
ISBN: 9788202636449
Kategori: Sosiologi og Journalistikk
Fag: Journalistikk, Sosiologi
Nivå: Akademisk
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Freedom of speech is a fundamental human right and a core value in liberal democracies. It is also, however, one of our time’s most contested issues, constantly claimed to be either too wide-ranging, at the peril of vulnerable minority groups, or too limited, restricting dissent and democratic deliberation. Employing a sociological lens on the dynamics of the public sphere, this book investigates how the boundaries of free speech are contested and negotiated through social processes which silence certain groups and opinions while amplifying others. The book focuses on key topics in current free speech debates – immigration, religion and culture. Drawing on population-representative survey data, media analysis and in-depth interviews, the authors paint a broad picture of how boundaries of free speech are defined and maintained, experienced and challenged, in the rapidly changing Norwegian public sphere.

The analyses in this book build on four years of work on a large-scale project called The Status of Freedom of Speech in Norway, funded and initiated by the Fritt Ord foundation. The book presents the key findings of the second round of this project. It is an edited volume, consisting of contributions from a multi-disciplinary team of sociologists, media scholars and political scientists. The editors, Arnfinn H. Midtbøen, Kari Steen-Johnsen and Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud, are researchers at the Institute for Social Research in Oslo, Norway.

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Arnfinn H. Midtbøen er Ph.D. i sosiolog fra Universitetet i Oslo og forsker ved Institutt for samfunnsforskning. Han jobber blant annet med etnisk diskriminering i arbeidslivet, innvandrings- og integrasjonspolitikk og ytringsfrihet.
Kari Steen-Johnsen er sosiolog (ph.d.) og forsker ved Institutt for samfunnsforskning. Forskningen hennes har fokusert på endringer i sivilsamfunnet med en spesiell interesse i frivillige organisasjoner. Hun er involvert i flere prosjekter knyttet til nettverks- og informasjonssamfunnet, blant annet et prosjekt om konsekvenser av sosiale medier for det offentlige rom.

Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud er forsker ved Institutt for samfunnsforskning. Hennes forskning omfatter blant annet medier og terror, ytringsfrihet og politisk kommunikasjon. Hun har publisert en rekke vitenskapelige artikler og redigert temanumre om partipolitikk og medier, politisk kommunikasjon i offentlig sektor og medier og migrasjon. Hennes siste publikasjoner er en studie av sosiale medier og migrasjonskontroll, og personalisering av politikken.

Terje Colbjørnsen has a PhD from the Department of media and communication, University of Oslo. He has worked on research issues related to digitalization and innovation in the book industry and freedom of speech. Colbjørnsen is currently working as an adviser for The Norwegian Association of Researcher (Forskerforbundet).

Bernard Enjolras har både doktorgrad i sosiologi fra Québec Universitet i Montréal (Canada) og en doktorgrad i samfunnsøkonomi fra Sorbonne i Paris (Frankrike). Han er forskningsleder ved Institutt for samfunnsforskning og leder av Senter for forskning på sivilsamfunn og frivillig sektor. Hans faglige interesser og forskningsfelt er sivilsamfunn, frivillige organisasjoner, offentlige politikk, offentlig governance og sosiale medier og offentlighet.

Audun Fladmoe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Research. He has a PhD in Political Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, 2012). His main research interests include civic and political engagement, public opinion, freedom of speech, and hate speech.

Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk holds a PhD from the Department of media and communication at the University of Oslo, where she is currently employed as a Postdoctoral fellow. She is also an Associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and an affiliated researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism: The Extreme Right, Hate Crime and Political Violence (C-REX).Political communication, journalism, public debate, audience participation, migration, free speech, media power, and editorial strategies are among her research interests.

Hallvard Moe is a Professor of Media Studies, University of Bergen, where he also earned his PhD in 2009. Moe is interested in the role of media in democracy, and is currently researching citizens' public connection.

Marjan Nadim is a Senior Resarch Fellow at the Institute for Social Research. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Oslo (2014), and her research interests include immigrants and children of immigrants in education and the labour market, gender equality, hate speech and free speech.

Ingrid Endresen Thorseth worked as a research assistant for the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo while completing her master’s degree in Nordic Media. Her thesis examined job advertising in Norwegian media, focusing on the media channels Norwegian electrical engineers use to find jobs. Thorseth has held various positions in the fields of HR, journalism, communications and marketing, and today she works in the field of professional recruitment.