European Identity and the Representation of Islam in the Mainstream Press

Argumentation and Media Discourse
1st ed. 2019 2018. Buch. xi, 347 S.: Bibliographien. Hardcover
Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-3-319-93313-9
Format (B x L): 14,8 x 21 cm
Gewicht: 596 g
In englischer Sprache
This book combines media studies and linguistics with theories of national and supranational identity to offer an interdisciplinary approach to the study of European identity/ies and news discourses. Taking representations of ‘Islamist terrorism’ and Turkey’s accession to the European Union as case studies, it analyses the discursive construction of supranational European identity through the discursive distinction of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’. Moreover, it compares the media’s representations of the ‘Other’ in different socio-political moments in Europe- from times of European integration (2004-5) to the European dystopia (2015-16) through the discourse analysis of specific Greek, British and French newspapers. This timely work synthesizes classic argumentative approaches and Gramscian thought in the study of media discourses by focusing on the Aristotelian concept of topos and introducing the concept of ‘hegemonic knowledge’. This pioneering work will appeal to scholars across the fields of linguistics, social anthropology, European politics, and media studies.
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Sheds new light on the discursive construction of European identity, particularly in times of financial and sociopolitical crisis Combines Argumentation theories, Gramscian thought and a discourse-historical approach, in a critical discourse analysis of media discourses Speaks across disciplines to scholarship on migration, nationalism, Islamophobia, identity and Europe Examines case studies in British, French and Greek newspapers