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The long-term cultivation of sociotropic beliefs: How selective media use shape citizens' deeply held worldviews

Research project
Active research
Project size
6,18 MSEK
Project period
2017 - 2021
Project owner
Adam Shehata (project leader, JMG/CARe), professor Monika Djerf-Pierre (JMG/CARe), professor Bengt Johansson (JMG)

Short description

The purpose of the research project is to analyze whether citizens who get their news from different media sources adopt and cultivate different beliefs about society (sociotropic beliefs). By combining a four-year panel survey with a longitudinal media content analysis, the project studies the long-term effects of news media use on citizens’ beliefs concerning four societal issues: antibiotic resistance, climate change, integration of immigrants and unemployment.