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Title: Journalism and the Political
Subtitle: Discursive tensions in news coverage of Russia
Written By: Felicitas Macgilchrist
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 40

Journalism is often thought of as the ‘fourth estate’ of democracy. This
book suggests that journalism plays a more radical role in politics, and
explores new ways of thinking about news media discourse. It develops an
approach to investigating both hegemonic discourse and discursive fissures,
inconsistencies and tensions. By analysing international news coverage of
post-Soviet Russia, including the Beslan hostage-taking, Gazprom,
Litvinenko and human rights issues, it demonstrates the (re)production of
the ‘common-sense’ social order in which one particular area of the world
is more developed, civilized and democratic than other areas. However,
drawing on Laclau, Mouffe and other post-foundational thinkers, it also
suggests that journalism is precisely the site where the instability of
this global social order becomes visible. The book should be of interest to
scholars of discourse analysis, journalism and communication studies,
cultural studies and political science, and to anyone interested in
‘positive’ discourse analysis and practical counter-discursive strategies.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027287304
Prices: Europe EURO 95.00
U.S. $ 143.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027206312
Prices: U.K. £ 95.00
U.S. $ 143.00
Europe EURO 100.70