Journalism and the Political

Discursive tensions in news coverage of Russia

ORCID logoFelicitas Macgilchrist | Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Braunschweig, Germany
ISBN 9789027206312 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027287304 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Journalism is often thought of as the ‘fourth estate’ of democracy. This book suggests that journalism plays a more radical role in politics, and explores new ways of thinking about news media discourse. It develops an approach to investigating both hegemonic discourse and discursive fissures, inconsistencies and tensions. By analysing international news coverage of post-Soviet Russia, including the Beslan hostage-taking, Gazprom, Litvinenko and human rights issues, it demonstrates the (re)production of the ‘common-sense’ social order in which one particular area of the world is more developed, civilized and democratic than other areas. However, drawing on Laclau, Mouffe and other post-foundational thinkers, it also suggests that journalism is precisely the site where the instability of this global social order becomes visible. The book should be of interest to scholars of discourse analysis, journalism and communication studies, cultural studies and political science, and to anyone interested in ‘positive’ discourse analysis and practical counter-discursive strategies.
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“Macgilchrist’s book will be of interest to discourse analysts, and to scholars in the fields of journalism, communication studies, cultural studies and political science, particularly those concerned with ‘positive’ discourse analysis and practical counter-discursive strategies.”
“The book is a highly interesting and valuable read for all scholars interested in discourse analysis or in international relations. It is an excellent study on how Western media report Russia and sheds new light on Western journalism in general as well as on the Western relationship with Russia. Finally, it offers a fresh approach to discourse analysis.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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