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Framing the Middle East : populistic Twitter framing as a new form of Orientalism

Çakici, Esra (2021) Framing the Middle East : populistic Twitter framing as a new form of Orientalism.

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Abstract:The upsurge of populism creates a significant stage for the populists to share their overall views with the public, including those views oriented on the Middle East. Populists regularly share these statements via Twitter, placing the Middle East or related issues and people in populist-created frames. Perceiving the Middle East in a particular manner is however also a concept constructed in the late 1970s by literature scholar Edward Said, who introduced and developed this concept of ‘Orientalism’. The question therefore arises to what extent this populistic manner of framing the Middle East on Twitter can be considered a new form of Orientalism. By studying a selection of tweets composed and published by the two Dutch populist party leaders Geert Wilders and Thierry Baudet, an attempt has been made to discover to what extent their way of framing can be regarded as a new form of Orientalism. The content analysis has shown that populistic Twitter framing of the Middle East can be considered a new form of Orientalism, as the populists, within their constructed frames of the Middle East, partly incorporate the concept of Orientalism as constructed by Edward Said, while also implementing dogmas in a modified or inverted form.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 18 languages and literature, 70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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