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Framing of Muslims and Islam in the British Press: A Comparison of The Times and The Daily Telegraph
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis uses methods from discourse analysis and corpus linguistics to investigate the usage of two words related to Islam in The Times and The Daily Telegraph newspapers, both before and after the London bombing of July 7, 2005. Sketch Engine, a Corpus Query System, was used to find the noun collocates of Islamic and Muslim in its adjectival form, in order to determine the most common type of framing. The most common word clusters, Muslim community and Islamic extremist, were then further examined in a qualitative analysis looking at the collocating words, context and linguistic patterns. The expression Muslim community was found to be used by both newspapers, although more frequently in The Telegraph. This collectivises Muslims as a homogeneous group, although the context it was found in tended to be less negative before 7/7. The term Islamic extremist was found with collocating words related to violence and militancy, but after 7/7 Islamic extremists were no longer framed as violent, but instead as problematic. The framing of Muslims and Islam changed after 7/7, and the framing differed between the newspapers. So although newspapers may appear neutral, they may not be and the appearance of neutral news reporting may be, the result of the naturalisation of the various frames used, and these frames appear to be changing with time.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-20777OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-20777DiVA: diva2:894023
Available from: 2016-01-14 Created: 2016-01-14

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