Signs of prejudice and discrimination in the British media: how was Greece portrayed during the initial years of the economic crisis (2009-2013)

Keskinidou, Georgia (2014) Signs of prejudice and discrimination in the British media: how was Greece portrayed during the initial years of the economic crisis (2009-2013). BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation investigates the use of a selection of linguistic devices employed in the headlines of popular British newspapers, during the first three years and seven months of the Greek economic crisis. By examining the use of those linguist devices, I demonstrate the mechanisms which popular media utilise to influence the opinions of its readers, in this case in relation to the portrayal of Greece and its citizens during the financial crisis. The time period studied includes three years and seven months of newspaper coverage at a time when the Greek economic crisis began, and through the political unrest as the situation escalated. The purpose of this corpus based critical discourse analysis, is to evidence the presence of discrimination and prejudicial attitudes communicated though newspaper headlines during the specified time period and to see if there is any correlation between the language used and the political allegiances of the popular British newspapers. To achieve these aims I conduct a critical discourse analysis of the following linguistic devices: conceptual metaphors, personification, metonymy and transitivity (grammar). Furthermore, I examine the role they played in the representation of Greece and the Greek people in e British newspapers. Data has been collected from the online newspaper archive Nexis UK. Through this process this dissertation has clearly demonstrated that the British newspapers analysed did show definitive signs of discrimination and prejudice consistently; communicating political ideology and power through the deliberate use of recognised linguistic devices. Furthermore, there is a demonstrable link between the level of discrimination and the political allegiances of the newspapers.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 11:31
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:45
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16096

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