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Books: Discourse Analysis and Media Attitudes: Baker, Gabrielatos, McEnery

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Date: 06-Jan-2020
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Subject: Discourse Analysis and Media Attitudes: Baker, Gabrielatos, McEnery
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Title: Discourse Analysis and Media Attitudes
Subtitle: The Representation of Islam in the British Press
Published: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Paul Baker
Author: Costas Gabrielatos
Author: Tony McEnery
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108790611 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 31.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108790611 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 23.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108790611 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 28.00

Is the British press prejudiced against Muslims? In what ways can prejudice be explicit or subtle? This book uses a detailed analysis of over 140 million words of newspaper articles on Muslims and Islam, combining corpus linguistics and discourse analysis methods to produce an objective picture of media attitudes. The authors analyse representations around frequently cited topics such as Muslim women who wear the veil and 'hate preachers'. The analysis is self-reflexive and multidisciplinary, incorporating research on journalistic practices, readership patterns and attitude surveys to answer questions which include: what do journalists mean when they use phrases like 'devout Muslim' and how did the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks affect press reporting? This is a stimulating and unique book for those working in fields of discourse analysis and corpus linguistics, while clear explanations of linguistic terminology make it valuable to those in the fields of politics, media studies, journalism and Islamic studies.

1. Introduction; 2. Sketching Muslims: the big picture; 3. Muslim or Moslem: differences between newspapers; 4. The 9/11 effect: change over time; 5. Welcome to Muslim world: collectivisation and differentiation; 6. What's a devout Muslim? Ways of believing; 7. From hate preachers to scroungers: who benefits?; 8. Burqas and brainwashing: Muslims and gender; 9. Does history rhyme? Earlier news representations of Muslims; 10. Conclusion.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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