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A framework for analysing antagonistic narrative strategies: A Russian tale of Swedish decline
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section, Sektionen för säkerhet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0198-2221
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section, Sektionen för krishantering och internationell samverkan.
2019 (English)In: Media, War & Conflict, ISSN 1750-6352, E-ISSN 1750-6360Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

New information technologies and media consumption patterns have enabled aggressive practices that are qualitatively different from old-style propaganda. Actors no longer rely on secrecy, but can openly make use of social media and media outlets in foreign languages to destabilize other states and societies from within. Strategic narratives have become a key means in this endeavour. To expose the discursive (harmful) capacity of strategic narratives, the article suggests detailed analysis based on a narrative ontology. The analytical framework is applied in an exploratory case study of the Russian state-sponsored broadcasting company Sputnik’s strategic narrative about Sweden from 2014 to 2018. In addition to unmasking Sputnik’s strategic narrative, the article fills a gap in previous research in particular by exposing three antagonistic narrative strategies labelled ‘suppression’, ‘destruction’ and ‘direction’. These strategies reflect general driving forces in the security sphere and can inspire and structure future research into antagonistic strategic narration.

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Sage Publications, 2019.
Keywords [en]
antagonistic narration, narrative strategies, Russia, Sputnik, strategic narratives, Sweden
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Political Science
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik; Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot krishantering och internationell samverkan
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8865DOI: 10.1177/1750635219884343OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8865DiVA, id: diva2:1379169
Available from: 2019-12-16 Created: 2019-12-16 Last updated: 2020-04-15

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