draws attention not to sports mediarepresentations but to the processes by which these representations are
produced. It considers how humans and technologies assemble together to
produce what we view to be a seamless television broadcast.
One of the most interesting aspects of a television
broadcast is its global accessibility. A broadcast makes one game in a
single location visible to countless people who are physically distant
from where the game is happening. Broadcasts can also cross borders,
Public presence, discourse, and migrants as threat
This chapter looks at the hunger strike of migrants in the Law School building of the University of Athens in 2011. The focus lies on the media representations of the occupation of the building and the discursive construction of threats around the hunger strike. Notably, the construction of threat images turns out to be closely related to the university and the Law School building – both as an institution and as a concrete building – whose dignity was presented as endangered.
Given the significant similarities and differences between the welfare states of Northern Europe and their reactions to the perceived 'refugee crisis' of 2015, the book focuses primarily on the three main cases of Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Placed in a wider Northern European context – and illustrated by those chapters that also discuss refugee experiences in Norway and the UK – the Danish, Swedish and German cases are the largest case studies of this edited volume. Thus, the book contributes to debates on the governance of non-citizens and the meaning of displacement, mobility and seeking asylum by providing interdisciplinary analyses of a largely overlooked region of the world, with two specific aims. First, we scrutinize the construction of the 2015 crisis as a response to the large influx of refugees, paying particular attention to the disciplinary discourses and bureaucratic structures that are associated with it. Second, we investigate refugees’ encounters with these bureaucratic structures and consider how these encounters shape hopes for building a new life after displacement. This allows us to show that the mobility of specific segments of the world’s population continues to be seen as a threat and a risk that has to be governed and controlled. Focusing on the Northern European context, our volume interrogates emerging policies and discourses as well as the lived experiences of bureaucratization from the perspective of individuals who find themselves the very objects of bureaucracies.
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The term ‘culture jamming’ was coined in
1984 by Don Joyce of the experimental music band Negativland, and since then
has become more widely used to mean the appropriation and subversion of
mediarepresentations. See Chandler and Neumark ( 2005 ).
interviewees were aware of mediarepresentations of out-of-home storage
as somber, uncomfortable places. Urban folklore, films, and crime
novels often situate shady activities in attics or basements with long,
winding corridors – spaces that are dark, dirty, unsafe, and mysterious. The iconic place is a turn-of-the-twentieth-century Victorian
apartment block, with a creaky elevator going several floors up to
spooky attics or down to spooky basements. It is not difficult to
imagine the uneasy feeling when lights go off and one finds oneself
in complete darkness, with only
Institutions and the challenges of refugee governance
refugee crisis in Sweden
While it is beyond the aims of this chapter to address the cultural construction of refugees in Swedish society at large (see e.g. Eastmond, 2011),
the chapter focuses on one significant snapshot. Focusing on 2015 as the
year that brought a drastic shift in Swedish asylum policies, this chapter
traces mediarepresentations of the inflow of large numbers of refugees
which was later coined the refugee crisis. The analysis of mainstream newspapers that is provided here tackles the self-understanding of Sweden’s
image and the cultural
an organisation, the EDL makes for a slippery object of study. This, it has
been argued here, is not only because of the diversity within its ranks but because
the movement is constituted in reflexive engagement with its own external representation. This representation as racist (as well as thuggish, drunken and uneducated) is a constant concern of activists. At one level these mediarepresentations
of the movement confirm a sense of victim status and ‘conspiracy’ between political and cultural elites to silence ‘ordinary’ voices and concerns; in this sense they
followed beyond the point at which
the governing bodies introduce the new technology, to examine how the
new assemblage affects other, often unexpected, parts of the
Chapter 7 considers one of the most
important relationships within sport: the sport media connection.
However, this chapter is different from much of the other literature
written on the topic as it focuses not on mediarepresentations but on
the processes by which these representations are produced. It considers
how humans and
Marie Beauchamps, Marijn Hoijtink, Matthias Leese, Bruno Magalhães, and Sharon Weinblum
Athens in 2011. He focuses on the mediarepresentations of
the occupation of the building and the discursive construction of threats
around the hunger strike. Notably, the construction of threat images turns
out to be closely related to the university and the Law School building –
both as an institution and as a concrete building – the prestige of which
was presented to be endangered.
Similar themes, although concerning a
later on as well.
Furthermore, they discuss what has come to be known as
‘Augusta National syndrome’, the
‘affliction’ whereby golfers expect perfectly green
playing conditions without fail, having been exposed to mediarepresentations of these same conditions on TV. Golf’s
relationship to media and, more broadly, consumer culture is indeed
crucial in affecting the shaping and treatment of the sport’s
Even with these initial critical studies of golf in
tow, it is fair