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The Media Discourse on Roma - Subtle Discrimination towards Ethnic Minorities? The Representation of the Roma in National Newspapers and the Power of Language

Eijsink, C. (2015) The Media Discourse on Roma - Subtle Discrimination towards Ethnic Minorities? The Representation of the Roma in National Newspapers and the Power of Language.

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Abstract:By means of this Bachelor thesis it shall be elaborated how Roma ethnic minorities are represented in national newspaper discourses in order to find out whether subtle discrimination practices are present in the recent news coverage. The thesis is intended to discuss recent scholarly arguments concerning the ‘symbolic nature’ of news articles when reporting about Roma in order to extend the research with a particular focus on qualitative newspapers presenting the Roma vis-à-vis tabloid newspapers and by examining national patterns of representation. In detail it will analyzed to what extent the media, in particular national newspapers in Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain, play a role in reproducing ethnic prejudices and stereotypes (as expressed in metaphors, slogans, emotions, neologisms, and so forth) towards the Roma in the time frame of 2012 until 2014. The analysis shall be conducted on the grounds of a Critical Discourse Analysis, carried out by means of national newspaper articles among the chosen countries. I argue that the overall image about Roma consists of a complexity of social constructions, by which the power of language plays an important part, however maintaining a rather one-sided and homogeneous portrayal of Roma due to often inconsistent news coverage and sensationalistic formulations.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:71 sociology, 88 social and public administration
Programme:European Public Administration BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66758
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