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Discourses of sameness: expressions of nationalism in newspaper discourse on French urban violence in 2005

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Show simple item record Costelloe, Laura 2014-05-01T13:47:00Z 2014-05-01T13:47:00Z 2014
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract November 2005 saw a significant flashpoint in the long-running history of tensions between minority groups and those in power in France: two teenagers, allegedly while hiding from the police, were electrocuted in a Parisian electrical sub-station, which was the catalyst for the unprecedented spread of violent riots across banlieues or urban districts in French cities lasting for a number of weeks. Mindful of the printed news media as important sites of ideology production, this study contributes to a growing body of work on newspaper representation of the banlieues (Moirand, 2010; Sedel, 2009), with focus on the particularly traumatic events of November 2005. This paper examines French newspaper representations of urban violence in 2005 using a critical discourse analytical approach, focusing on how the scenes of violent rioting prompted media discussions pertaining to French national identity. It argues that national identity and expressions of nationalism are defined in an exclusionary way, and a discourse of sameness constructs symbolic boundaries between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’. The research suggests that in its reaction to the challenging events of November 2005 the printed news media adopts strategies which ‘other’ immigrant minorities and those living in the banlieues. Inhabitants of the banlieues are depicted as being outside the borders of the homogenously constructed French society in order to explain the violent scenes and ultimately uphold relations of discrimination and social dominance. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Discourse and Society;25 (3), pp. 315-340
dc.subject French urban violence en_US
dc.subject discourse analysis en_US
dc.subject newspaper discourse en_US
dc.subject nationalism en_US
dc.subject national identity en_US
dc.subject power en_US
dc.subject immigrants en_US
dc.subject France en_US
dc.subject banlieues en_US
dc.title Discourses of sameness: expressions of nationalism in newspaper discourse on French urban violence in 2005 en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0957926513519533
dc.contributor.sponsor IRCSET en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor School of Languages, Literature, Culture & Communication, University of Limerick, Ireland. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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