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Is social inequality perpetuated through media discourse? A critical discourse analysis of representations of ethnicity in the Manchester Evening News

O'Sullivan, Nick (2011) Is social inequality perpetuated through media discourse? A critical discourse analysis of representations of ethnicity in the Manchester Evening News. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The mass medias play an important role in constructing the audience’s notions of selfhood, concepts of gender and class, beliefs regarding ethnicity and race, ideas about nationality, and what creates ‘us’ and ‘them’ (Kellner, 1995). Opinions of ethnic minority groups can be created, influenced, and destroyed by the way these groups are portrayed in the media. Literature suggests ideologically dominant groups which control the media (white, middle class, males; Foster, 2004) ensure minority groups are portrayed as ‘others’ to protect their own economic interests. This study examines the way ethnic minority groups are represented in three articles taken from the Manchester Evening News (MEN). These articles are analysed using the first three stages of Fairclough’s (2001) framework of critical discourse analysis. The discussion is integrated with the analysis. The results suggest that the text producers used semiotic practices to simultaneously portray minority groups as ‘others’, and the reader as belonging to (or associating with) the ideologically dominant group. Other practices are also identified which the text producers employ to misrepresent ethnic minority groups. Reflexive considerations, critical evaluations of the study, and suggestions for further research are also discussed.

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