Keiden tasa-arvo tai yhdenvertaisuus? Yhteiskunnallisen oikeudenmukaisuuden kielet uutisjournalismissa 1999–2018

Antti Kanner, Anu Koivunen, Riikka Era, Maciej Janicki, Eetu Mäkelä

Tutkimustuotos: ArtikkeliScientificvertaisarvioitu

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Equality and non-discrimination are core concepts
in the Finnish political vocabulary. The concept of
equality has a long history, whereas non-discrimination
only began to gain prominence in Finnish political
debate on social justice after the constitutional reform
of 2000 and the Non-Discrimination Act of 2004.
In this article we use journalistic datasets from 1999
to 2018 to analyse how the concepts of equality and
non-discrimination appeared in Finnish news media
before and after the Non-Discrimination Act. We
also operationalise the political vision embedded in
the concepts of equality and non-discrimination as a
question of representation and voice-giving: Whose
political language are these concepts, and has the
conceptual framing of non-discrimination expanded
opportunities for representation and voice-giving
and influenced the political agenda? To what extent
were equality and non-discrimination talked about in
public? How did this change with the development of
We show that the Non-Discrimination Act did not
bring a marked increase in the use of the concept of
non-discrimination. However, after 2010 the use of
both equality and non-discrimination increased in all
our data sources. The rise in frequency was seen first
in op-ed and opinion texts, followed by interpretative
journalism and core news reporting. With the exception
of legal experts, most language users in our data did not
make a strong differentiation between the two terms
but used them interchangeably. According to our data,
the language of non-discrimination has paved the way
for new groups and themes: in the 2010s both asylum
seekers and sexual and gender minorities have gained
increased coverage. A related and aligned phenomenon
is that NGOs have emerged as relevant participants in
the public debate. Our data shows that the language
of non-discrimination has expanded the agendas of
both politics and public debate and made way for new
themes and voices. In this way, it has fostered both
representation and voice-giving.
Keywords: journalism, computational methods,
non-discrimination, equality, political discourse.
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