How does the British press influence notions of Islamophobia within British society?

Fletcher, Matthew (2012) How does the British press influence notions of Islamophobia within British society? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    It has widely been argued that Muslims have been demonized within the Western press. This study explores the ways that Muslims are represented and argues that the British press reinforces a sense of Islamophobia within British society. Edward Saidʼs (2003) theory of Orientalism and historic analysis of a Western colonialism of the Middle East will provide the starting point for this study. Elizabeth Pooleʼs (2002) explanation of the Christian propaganda against Islam will then be used as a contextual framework for the suggestion that Islam has been seen as a threat since the medieval period. John Richardson (2004) will then provide an historical context for the notion of Islamophobia within Britain. A focus on Language will feature strongly in this study, and Norman Faircloughʼs (1995) critical discourse analysis framework will provide the basis for the analysis of this study. This investigation will consist of a critical discourse analysis of British tabloid and broadsheet newspapers within a two-week period after the July 7th 2005 bombings in London. Fifty-two articles will be used, divided between tabloid and broadsheet. These will then be split between conservative and liberal leaning publications. Teun van Dijkʼs (1998) theory of ideology, dominant hegemony, and social power will help to show how the British press is able to reinforce feelings of Islamophobia. This investigation will also touch upon Rene Girardʼs theory of the scapegoat. It is hoped that this study will raise the question of how the British press is able to misrepresent Muslims, how it helps create a feeling of Islamophobia, and what effect this has on British Society and the Muslims that reside there.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2014 11:57
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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