PAPER: Legitimating popular music in Helsingin Sanomat

M.A. Mikko Mattlar defended his doctoral dissertation in Journalism at University of Jyväskylä on 10 June. His dissertation is titled ”Ei mitä hyvänsä rilutusta”. Populaarimusiikin tie legitiimiksi kulttuuriksi Helsingin Sanomissa 1950–1982.

The study examines how popular music became represented as legitimate culture in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper in 1950–1982. The study shows that popular music was legitimated by considering it as art form or by emphasizing traditions. In both strategies legitimate popular music was represented opposite to commercial popular music. The viewpoint to commercialism was generally negative.

The empirical data consists of 3 454 articles written by journalists who specialized in popular music and 18 interviews.

Opponent Professor was Vesa Kurkela of Sibelius-Akatemia and custos was Adjunct Professor Turo Uskali of University of Jyväskylä.

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