Evidence and ideology: moderating the critique of media Islamophobia

Authors: Richards, B. and Brown, L.

Journal: Journalism Education

Volume: 6

Issue: 1

Pages: 12-22

Publisher: Association for Journalism Education

Abstract:

Recent studies of British media coverage of Islam, influenced by Said’s critique of ‘Orientalism’, appear to have established that ‘Islamophobic’ stereotyping is highly characteristic of that coverage. However, a review of these studies finds that they fall into two groups. One comprises substantial empirical studies, which give grounds for serious concern but also indicate that this is a complex area in which some journalists are making efforts to avoid negative generalisations. In the other group of studies there is very little systematic empirical material, but a tendency towards polemical critique. This second group of studies has been influential in building a broad consensus about media Islamophobia. Some potentially damaging consequences of this consensus are discussed.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29175/

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