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Wed Feb 11 2004

Books: Discourse Analysis/Pragmatics: Richardson

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  1. paul, (Mis)Representing Islam: Richardson

Message 1: (Mis)Representing Islam: Richardson

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 10:08:07 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: (Mis)Representing Islam: Richardson

Title: (Mis)Representing Islam
Subtitle: The racism and rhetoric of British broadsheet newspapers
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 9
Publication Year: 2004 
Publisher:	John Benjamins
Book URL: 

Author: John E. Richardson, University of Sheffield

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114732, Pages: vi, 277 pp., Price: USD 107.00


(Mis)Representing Islam explores and illustrates how ´┐Żlite broadsheet
newspapers are implicated in the production and reproduction of
anti-Muslim racism. The book approaches journalistic discourse as the
inseparable combination of 'social practices', 'discursive practices'
and the 'texts' themselves from a perspective which fuses Critical
Discourse Analysis (CDA) with Edward Said's critique of
Orientalism. This framework enables Richardson to (re)contextualise
´┐Żlite journalism within its professional, political, economic, social
and historic settings and present a critical and precise examination
of not only the prevalence but also the form and potential effects of
anti-Muslim racism. The book analyses the centrality of van Dijk's
ideological square and the significance and utility of stereotypical
topoi in representing Islam and Muslims, focusing in particular on the
reporting of Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Algeria, Iraq
and Britain. This timely book should interest researchers and
students of racism, Islam, Journalism and Communications studies,
Rhetoric, and (Critical) Discourse Analysis.

Table of contents

List of figures, graphs and tables ix 
Acknowledgements xi 
Introduction xiii 
1. Islam, Orientalism and (racist) social exclusion 1--32 
2. The discursive representation of Islam and Muslims 33--67 
3. The ideological square I: 'Muslim negativity' 69--93 
4. The ideological square II: 'The West' as civiliser 95--111 
5. British Muslims: Difference, discord and threat in domestic
 reporting 113--153
6. The Iraq Debacle: The reporting of Iraq during the UNSCOM stand-off
7. Conviction, truth, blame and a shifting agenda: The reporting of
 Algeria 191--225
8. Conclusion 227--233 
Notes 235--243 
Bibliography 245--256 
Index of names 257--258 
Index of subjects 259--262

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Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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