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Political priorities in social media : en visuell bildanalys av EU-kommissionens instagram-konto


  • Kajsa Sjöberg

Summary, in English

The aim of this study is to investigate whether the political priorities and values of the European Commission, in terms of gender equality, permeates their publications in social media, specifically instagram. By examining the images that the Commission publishes, I will be able to map any patterns that occur, and see if there are any differences in how women and men are portrayed. How these results differ or coincides with the values and policies will be examined, and possible conclusion will be drawn on this basis.

The method of visual image analysis has been used both quantitatively and qualitatively, and the theory used is semiotics of images.

The main conclusion in this essay is that the Commission’s publications does not fully reflect their political values and priorities on equality between women and men. In images where both women and men are included, and the relation between the depicted is unequal, it is in almost all cases the woman who is inferior. Based on the qualitative analysis, men are portrayed to appear to be more important than women, and women are portrayed as passive while men are portrayed as active. The conclusion from this is that it is an unintentional action by the Commission, and that it is rather the way our society looks, and how common it is to see women portrayed as passive, that largely matter.


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Document type

Student publication for Bachelor's degree


  • Law and Political Science
  • Social Sciences


  • European Commission
  • Social media
  • Gender equality
  • Instagram
  • Communication


  • Tomas Sniegon