English abstracts 2/2012




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English abstracts 29(2012):2

Heidi Keinonen, Television drama in the field of journalism: MTV’s Äiti and the gender debate in the 1970s

Journalism usually refers to quality press, national television news and current affairs programmes. However, journalistic issues can also be discussed in television drama, which suggests a need to reassess and reformulate the concept of journalism. This article aims to introduce new ways of thinking journalism by analyzing a television drama entitled Äiti (Mother). Produced by The family department of MTV (Finnish commercial television company) in 1973, the programme introduced different ways of being a mother and discussed related social problems. Thus, the programme can be seen as a statement in the Finnish gender debate. This statement was further elaborated by a popular magazine Katso which published several articles inspired by the programme and its themes.

Theoretically, the article builds on Liesbet van Zoonen’s idea of journalistic domains. By analyzing the remaining episodes of the programme, related magazine articles and the production context, the article suggests that Äiti should be seen as feminine journalism. While the programme was produced by the predominantly female family department and focused on the representations of motherhood, it was broadcast on a television channel owned by the Finnish Broadcasting Company, a public service company. Thus, the programme represented a popular genre, television drama, but at the same time it was realizing institutional (namely public service) objectives.

Niina Vuolajärvi: Unrespectable daughters of the Nation − White, Finnish women in transnational relationships: experiences of racism and prejudices

The article discusses the boundaries and normativities of whiteness, heterosexuality and respectable womanhood in Finland. The analysis is based on interviews conducted with white Finnish women in transnational heterosexual relationships. The focus of the article is on the experiences of racism and prejudices that women encounter because of their relationship. The article highlights the boundaries of normative heterosexuality in Finland and the intertwinement of these boundaries with the construction of race, ethnicity (religion) and nationality. The in-between position of the women offers a unique perspective to Finnish racism and its invisibility to the majority of white Finns.

Translated by the authors.


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