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Fake news? A critical analysis of the `Welfare Cheats, Cheat Us All' campaign in Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Devereux, Eoin
dc.contributor.author Power, Martin J.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-19T13:33:10Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.issn 1740-5904
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8835
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Using qualitative content analysis, informed by a Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) approach, this article examines the production, content and reception of print and online media discourses concerning the 2017 ‘Welfare Cheats, Cheat Us All’ campaign in the Republic of Ireland. Our article is situated in the context of recent debates concerning the media’s role in articulating ‘disgust’ discourses focused on ‘welfare fraud’, poverty and unemployment. Central to these processes is the social construction of those who are deemed to be the ‘deserving poor’ or the ‘undeserving poor’. Our corpus includes records of in-house debate within the Department of Social Protection; the campaign’s documentation; print media and on-line media coverage of the campaign. The article’s findings demonstrate the ways in which welfare ‘fraud’ is mis-represented by the state and media. It also evidences ways in which such hegemonic discourses can be challenged in traditional and ‘new’ media settings.
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis Ltd en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Critical Discourse Studies;16 (3), pp. 347-362
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Critical Discourse Studies 2019 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/17405904.2019.1568898 en_US
dc.subject moral underclass discourses en_US
dc.subject neo-liberalism en_US
dc.subject Welfare en_US
dc.subject Welfare Cheats en_US
dc.title Fake news? A critical analysis of the `Welfare Cheats, Cheat Us All' campaign in Ireland 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.date.updated 2020-05-15T11:54:22Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/17405904.2019.1568898
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2020-07-17
dc.embargo.terms 2020-07-17 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2891309
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Critical Discourse Studies
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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