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Understanding perceptions of Muslims in the news

This book considers how the coverage of Islam and Muslims in the press informs the thoughts and actions of non-Muslims. As media plays an important role in society, analysing its influence(s) on a person’s ideas and conceptualisations of people with another religious persuasion is important. News reports commonly feature stories discussing terrorism, violence, the lack of integration and compatibility, or other unwelcome or irrational behaviour by Muslims and Islam. Yet there is little research on how non-Muslims actually engage with, and are affected by, such reports. To address this gap, a content and discourse analysis of news stories was undertaken; verbal narratives or thoughts and actions of participants were then elicited using interviews and focus groups. The participant accounts point towards the normativity of news stories and their negotiated reception patterns. Individual orientations towards the media as an information source proved to be a significant factor behind the importance of news reports, with individually negotiated personal encounters with Muslims or Islam further affecting the meaning-making process. Participants negotiated media reports to fit their existing outlook on Islam and Muslims. This outlook was constructed through, and simultaneously supported by, news reports about Muslims and Islam. The findings suggest a co-dependency and co-productivity between news reports and participant responses. This research clearly shows that participant responses are (re)productions of local and personal contextuality, where the consequences of socially constructed depictions of Islam and Muslims engage rather than influence individual human thoughts and actions.

Torbjörn Tännsjö

tests. If the conclusions we derive (to the effect that certain actions are right or wrong) are morally acceptable, if they are in line with the content of our considered moral intuitions, then we may say that the moral conjecture in question explains the conclusions (it explains morally the rightness or wrongness of these actions). We then tend to speak of the content of our conjecture as a true representation of a moral law. This is parallel to when, in science, we tend to speak of our inductively supported hypotheses as descriptive of laws of nature. If a certain

in From reason to practice in bioethics
From theory to advocacy
Andrea Boggio and Cesare P. R. Romano

10 Freedom of research and the right to science: from theory to advocacy Andrea Boggio and Cesare P. R. Romano Although the right to science, which includes both the right of scientists to do research and the right of everyone to benefit from that research, was recognised internationally as early as 1948, it is arguably the least known, discussed and enforced international human right. As a result, its binding normative content is not settled and needs to be better clarified and specified. Progress at the conceptual level has been made in the last few years but

in The freedom of scientific research
Barrie Gunter

of differences between programmes and advertisements. Children are assisted in this context by the physical divide between programmes and advertisements (Zuckerman et al., 1978; Kunkel & Roberts, 1991). If the visible divide between advertisements and surrounding media content is removed, the net result will be to render the advertising less physically distinct. Although there are other clues to the nature of advertising that experienced consumers can identify to help them recognise when they are confronted with a persuasive message, this type of advertising

in Kids and branding in a digital world
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Britain as the spoils of empire
Nadine El-Enany

emancipatory and reparative discourses and strategies for migrant solidarity and racial justice. The categories that form the springboard for my analysis are aliens, subjects, citizens, migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, European Union (EU) citizens and third country nationals. Although I take them in turn, the book is offered holistically. In order to meaningfully understand the content and effects of one category, each must be considered in terms of its relationship to the others. What becomes apparent is not only the interconnectedness of legal categories, but their

in (B)ordering Britain
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An insider’s view

responsibilities with some kind of moral compass. I was always content with the ethical and strategic aspects of my responsibilities, and I would discuss them with my ship’s company, but I could never be sure that I could articulate them in terms of which the Ministry of Defence (MOD) would approve. So, I asked within my ‘command chain’; fruitlessly. In hindsight, frustration at the inability of the MOD to provide official guidance to the commanding officer of an SSBN ultimately led me here; if the MOD cannot articulate the official

in Supreme emergency
Cordoning off colonial spoils
Nadine El-Enany

subjects expanded and retracted drastically. Over the course of this period legal statuses associated with the British Empire proliferated, their content and meaning shifting according to British colonial ambitions. The 1948 British Nationality Act passed by Clement Attlee’s Labour government created the status of Citizenship of the United Kingdom and Colonies, of ‘the United Kingdom and non-Independent countries’, and ‘of independent Commonwealth countries’. The Act therefore covered Britons together with all nationals of independent Commonwealth countries and those of

in (B)ordering Britain
Alexander Smith

that made up the content of the Party’s press releases and letters to the editor, which were methodically and tirelessly produced and circulated across the region, are themselves best viewed as artefacts of activist labour. However, if the In Touch leaflet attempted to make connections and forge new relations, the Party’s media strategy sought a different end: to sever other kinds of relations in order to bring a coherent (Tory) whole into discursive view. As I have argued, through form and repetition, the discursive instruments local Conservatives employed in their

in Devolution and the Scottish Conservatives
Barrie Gunter

spending more of their disposable time online, that their parents often don’t know they are doing this or what they are looking at, and that a great deal of socialising now takes place there (Symantec, 2009). Within the broader internet environment, online social network sites have become the cornerstone of many children’s social lives. This is where they go to keep up with the latest news from their friends and to publish content about themselves. By 2009, nearly three out of four American teenagers (73%) who used the internet said they were registered to social

in Kids and branding in a digital world
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Jonathan Benthall

from my involvement in some other cases where the same issues arose. Chapter 7 , with its introductory explanation, gives an account of another legal incident with similar content, though paradoxically it is clear that the gravamen of the case was quite different: the attempt by the US government to exclude a prominent European Muslim, Professor Tariq Ramadan, from American soil on ideological grounds. Upon reconsideration

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times