Who was fighting and who/what was being fought? The construction of participants' identities in UK and US reporting of the Iraq war

Marchi, Anna and Taylor, Charlotte (2009) Who was fighting and who/what was being fought? The construction of participants' identities in UK and US reporting of the Iraq war. In: Garzone, Giuliana and Catenaccio, Paola (eds.) Identities across media and modes: discursive prospectives. Linguistic insights (115). Peter Lang, Bern. ISBN 9783034303866

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Abstract

This study addresses the media reporting of the conflict in Iraq in 2003 and analyses the linguistic representation of the participants in the war. As Fowler (1991: 4) states “[t]here are always different ways of saying the same thing, and they are not random, accidental alternatives. Differences in expression carry ideological distinctions (and thus differences in representation)”. Our aims are to take such differences in expression and to describe how the various participants were construed in the UK press over a specific period, basing ourselves on the theoretical assumption that, as social identities are enacted in discourse, they can be uncovered through discourse analysis. From the analyses we conclude that the reporting of this war was characterised by vagueness regarding the enemy, which appears as one dimensional and under-defined as the Other in the metaphorical war on terror.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Depositing User: Charlotte Taylor
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 08:15
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2013 08:15
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46770
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