Journalism and the Political: Discursive Tensions in News Coverage of Russia (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society & Culture 40)

Journalism and the Political: Discursive Tensions in News Coverage of Russia (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society & Culture 40)

By: Felicitas Macgilchrist (author)Hardback

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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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Contents

1. Table of contents; 2. Acknowledgements; 3. Preface; 4. Chapter 1 Introduction; 5. Part I; 6. Chapter 2 Developing a story: NGOs, legislation and human rights in Moscow; 7. Chapter 3 Pragmatic deconstruction: Gas as Putin's political weapon?; 8. Chapter 4 The circulation of discourse: Litvinenko, polonium and the KGB; 9. Chapter 5 Metaphorical politics: The Russian-Chechen conflict; 10. Part II; 11. Chapter 6 Responsibility management; 12. Chapter 7 Balance and binaries; 13. Chapter 8 Complexity reduction; 14. Part III; 15. Chapter 9 'Positive' discourse analysis; 16. Chapter 10 Concluding thoughts; 17. References

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/02/2011
  • ISBN13: 9789027206312
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9789027206312
  • weight: 640
  • ISBN10: 9027206317

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