Islamic identities: media's role in representing Muslim identities in Britain

Daniju, Zainab (2008) Islamic identities: media's role in representing Muslim identities in Britain. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study explores the techniques used to represent Muslims and Islam within the British media. It examines the language and structure of a BBC 'Newsnight' special programme titled 'Battle for Islam', with the use of a critical discourse analysis. And hence argues, using examples from the programme, that the media stereotype and stigmatise Muslims by polarisation, mis-representation and homogenization of Islamic people. The ability of the media to represent Muslim identities is discussed in relation to a mosque run by a Nigerian Muslim community based in South London. A number of people from this mosque were asked to participate in audience reception research for the study, which comprised a viewing of the 'Newsnight' programme followed by in-depth interviews. The results of these interviews are discussed in relation to the results from the discourse analysis to form a rounded examination of how Muslims are represented within British media today.

    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: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/519

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