Discourse Analysis and Media Attitudes: The Representation of Islam in the British Press

Paul Baker, Costas Gabrielatos, Tony McEnery

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCambridge
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages290
    ISBN (Print)9781107008823
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Islam
    • discourse
    • corpus
    • representation
    • newspapers


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