Islamophobia in the British tabloid press and its influence on readers

Balkin, Kristian-oss (2015) Islamophobia in the British tabloid press and its influence on readers. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Since both the 9/11 terror attacks in America and the 7/7 London bombings, Islam has become a key topic of debate and, arguably, ridicule in Britain. This study explores the way in which Muslims have been represented since these events, asking if Islamophobia has become ingrained in the British tabloid press and whether this influences readers. Historical context will be drawn upon to add depth and meaning to the rise of Islamophobia, specifically looking at Edward Said’s seminal text, Orientalism, first published in 1978 and reprinted in 2003. The study will also draw on Elizabeth Poole’s vital work, Reporting Islam: Media Representations and British Muslims (2009), to aid the content analysis from four mainstream tabloid newspapers; The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror and the Daily Express. A number of Islam-centric news articles will be deconstructed to assess consistent themes of the stereotyping of Islam, or otherwise. The influence of newspapers will also be researched in this study, to find whether the media has the power to sway ideologies and set agendas or, conversely, if readers in fact dictate the content that newspapers produce. Ultimately, the dissertation concludes that the tabloid press does help reinforce notions of Islamophobia through its misrepresentation of the religion, but that its influence on readers is difficult to gauge.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 14:26
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 14:26

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