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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.

Towards a critical turn?
Yongjin Zhang

– either characterized as that of ‘problem-solving’ or that of ‘political realism’ – established its own institutional life in the Asia-Pacific? In this chapter, I interrogate the above questions through an examination of recent security discourses in China, using ‘critical’ lenses provided by ‘two main streams’ of critical security studies identified

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
Limiting human agency in the name of negative liberty
Darrow Schecter

formal and legal conceptions of freedom and justice against various populist notions on the political right and left of an extra-legal conception of communitarian well-being which is ostensibly bridled by legal formality. The strategies of such discourses of legitimacy will be examined in chapter 2 . For now it might simply be observed that contemporary discourses of legitimacy tend in various ways to stress a communicative or agonistic or expressive

in Beyond hegemony
Katy Hayward

M1634 - HAYWARD TEXT.qxp:ANDY Q7 27/1/09 13:23 Page 42 3 Official discourse and political change in Ireland The purpose of this chapter is to elaborate the theoretical and methodological framework for this research, both in relation to the key tenets of discourse theory and to the empirical content of the analysis. It begins by considering the meaning of ‘discourse’ as language, practice and context. Its multidimensional meaning and function means that discourse analysis has particular value in the study of nationalism and political change. The articulation

in Irish nationalism and European integration
A Singaporean tale of two ‘essentialisms’
See Seng Tan

). At risk of oversimplification, two broad conceptual understandings arguably define how Singapore’s epistemic communities – comprising security scholars based at local research and policy institutes as well as universities – and their contributions to regional discourses have generally been viewed. The first understanding presumes an intentional subject, already given, who

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
Henrik Larsen

Social constructivist discourse analysis has, since the early 1990s, become increasingly popular across the social sciences, including international relations. The aim of this chapter is to outline the possibilities for the use of discourse analysis in the study of European foreign policy. Pure rationalists often dismiss EU foreign policy as ‘just words’ or ‘declaratory diplomacy’ as it is often

in Rethinking European Union Foreign Policy
Sarah Hale, Will Leggett, and Luke Martell

Part IV The discourse and strategy of the Third Way The Third Way, particularly in its New Labour form, is often presented as a triumph of style over substance and the product par excellence of a soundbite political culture. Far from dismissing the discourse of the Third Way, however, the contributions that comprise Part IV

in The Third Way and beyond
David Morrison

In this chapter I analyse the content and evaluate the significance of the discourse of ‘the Third Way’, disseminated by the New Labour Government. I argue that the Third Way is a brand name that may well be transient. However, while the label may be transient, the content of Third Way discourse does contain substance, much of which predated the use of

in The Third Way and beyond
Jeremy C.A. Smith

169 8 Japan in engagement and the discourses of civilisation If civilisational analysis is lacking with respect to Latin America, it has been far from inattentive when it comes to Japan. In previous chapters, Japan serves as an illustration of theoretical engagements with civilisational analysis, as well as illustrating different points of my own argument. The frequent choice of Japan is no coincidence: it has been a focal point of investigation for comparativists in the humanities, the social sciences and political economy with an interest in civilisations

in Debating civilisations
Liberating human agency from liberal legal form
Darrow Schecter

discourses of legality considered in chapter 1 , reason is posited as the condition of objective experience of the natural world, that is, of science, and, by extension, of objectively binding rules, that is, of legality. In the liberal tradition epistemological concepts and political legality exist as articulate forms of reason that are prior to and constitutive of individual experience. Liberal thinkers thus urge people to

in Beyond hegemony