Making Sense of a Transnational Merger: Media Texts and the (Re)construction of Power Relations

Annette Risberg, Janne Tienari, Eero Vaara

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    In this study of symbolic power relations in a transnational merger, we suggest that the popular media can provide a significant arena for (re)constructing national identities and power in this kind of dramatic industrial restructuring, and are an under-utilized source of empirical data in research studies. Focusing on the press coverage of a recent Swedish-Finnish merger, we specify and illustrate a particular feature of discursive (re)construction of asymmetric power relations; superior (Swedish) and inferior (Finnish) national identities, which, we argue, are embedded in the history of colonization and domination between the two nations. The findings of the present study lead us to suggest that a lens taken from post-colonial theory is particularly useful in understanding the wider symbolic power implications of international industrial restructuring.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCulture and Organization
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)121-137
    Number of pages17
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


    • National identity
    • Power relations
    • Media
    • Merger
    • Colonization

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