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A Critical Discursive Analysis of British Media Representations of Islam and Muslims in the Manchester Evening News

Hussain, Abbda (2014) A Critical Discursive Analysis of British Media Representations of Islam and Muslims in the Manchester Evening News. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Mahtani (2001) explains that it is the media that provides society with information regarding our environments, consequently shaping the ‘attitudes’ and ‘beliefs’ held by society. Allen (2012) informs that 91% of British media newspaper coverage presents Islam and Muslims in a negative light. As a result, the current research proposes to provide a new perspective in order to build upon the plethora of research in regards to the (mis)representation of Islam and Muslims. However, as previous research has focused on national press, this research will focus on local press. Four articles will be analysed from The Manchester Evening News, using the Loughborough School of Discourse Analysis; subject positions, interpretative repertoires and ideological dilemmas (Billig 1988; Potter & Wetherell 1987). The discussion is integrated with the analysis. The results suggest that local press represent Islam and Muslims in a positive light as opposed to the literature review.

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