Per Vesterlund

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Per Vesterlund

I will investigate Swedish TV-drama, with a main focus on the period between 1969 and the late 1980s, a period that spans the time between the introduction of the second national public service television channel (TV2) and the introduction of cable-TV. Swedish TV-fiction from these decades has usually been identified with an overt social content. Societal institutions of the welfare state, like public schools or health care, were repeatedly in focus.

With vulnerability as a main concept, Swedish TV-fiction of the 1970s and 1980s will be examined in different ways. The period will be regarded both as a historical era of interest in its own right, and used to discuss and investigate various notions of the concept of vulnerability. These includes both representations of a vulnerable society and its vulnerable citizens in the fictions, and the assumptions of vulnerable media users that was inherent in the theories behind the productions.

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