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LINGUIST List 20.1503

Mon Apr 20 2009

Books: Discourse Analysis/Socioling: Richardson

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, (Mis)Representing Islam: Richardson

Message 1: (Mis)Representing Islam: Richardson
Date: 20-Apr-2009
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: (Mis)Representing Islam: Richardson
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Title: (Mis)Representing Islam
Subtitle: The racism and rhetoric of British broadsheet newspapers
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 9
Published: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=DAPSAC%209

Author: John E. Richardson
Paperback: ISBN: 9789027206213 Pages: 262 Price: Europe EURO 36.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9789027206213 Pages: 262 Price: U.S. $ 54.00

Now available in paperback!

(Mis)Representing Islam explores and illustrates how élite broadsheet
newspapers are implicated in the production and reproduction of anti-Muslim
racism. The book approaches journalistic discourse as the inseparable
combination of 'social practices', 'discursive practices' and the 'texts'
themselves from a perspective which fuses Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)
with Edward Said's critique of Orientalism. This framework enables
Richardson to (re)contextualise élite journalism within its professional,
political, economic, social and historic settings and present a critical
and precise examination of not only the prevalence but also the form and
potential effects of anti-Muslim racism. The book analyses the centrality
of van Dijk's ideological square and the significance and utility of
stereotypical topoi in representing Islam and Muslims, focusing in
particular on the reporting of Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Israel/Palestine,
Algeria, Iraq and Britain.

This timely book should interest researchers and students of racism, Islam,
Journalism and Communication studies, Rhetoric, and (Critical) Discourse

Table of contents

List of figures, graphs and tables, ix
Acknowledgements, xi
Introduction, xiii
1. Islam, Orientalism and (racist) social exclusion 1-32
2. The discursive representation of Islam and Muslims, 33-67
3. The ideological square I: 'Muslim negativity', 69-93
4. The ideological square II: 'The West' as civiliser, 95-111
5. British Muslims: Difference, discord and threat in domestic reporting,
6. The Iraq Debacle: The reporting of Iraq during the UNSCOM stand-of,
7. Conviction, truth, blame and a shifting agenda: The reporting of
Algeria, 191-225
8. Conclusion, 227-233
Notes, 235-243
Bibliography, 245-256
Index of names, 257-258
Index of subjects, 259-262

"John Richardson's excellent new book offers a detailed, academic and
insightful study of the reporting of Islam and the Muslim world in
Britain's 'quality' broadsheet newspapers. His scholarly analysis of the
language of press reports reveals the underlying and sometimes Islamophobic
assumptions which inform newspapers' coverage of Muslims in the UK, in Iraq
and other parts of the world. Accessibly written and illustrated with
examples drawn from the pages of the broadsheet press, (Mis)Representing
Islam is essential, even compelling, reading for students of journalism,
media and communication studies, while for the general reader it unravels
the ways in which newspapers interpret as well as report significant
issues. This is a timely book, which will encourage readers to look more
closely, and think more skeptically, about what they read about Islam in
Britain's broadsheet press."
-Bob Franklin, Professor of Media Communications, Department of Journalism
Studies, University of Sheffield

"This work is remarkable for its depth of analysis and the extensive
research conducted provides the basis for scrutiny not only of what is
reported and how it is reported, but also what is consistently left out.
[...] Richardson makes a strong case for the interaction between language
and social power."
-Linnea Micciulla, Boston University, on Linguist List Vol. 15-1973

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

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