Representations of Islam in the British and American press 1999-2005 Paul Baker and Costas Gabrielatos Research questions How do news stories construct Islam? (How) has there been a change in construction since 9/11?
Representations of Islam in the British and American press 1999-2005
Paul Baker and Costas Gabrielatos
proud of it
mainly negative bias (Awass, Patel, Richardson)
The Business, The Guardian, The Independent & Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Times & Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph & Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Express & Sunday Express, The Daily Mail & Mail on Sunday, Daily Mirror & Sunday Mirror, The People, Daily Star & Sunday Star, The Sun
40 million words of American news (Jan 2000- July 2005): New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle
1. Corpora split into 4:
2. All sub-corpora compared to a reference corpus (BNC written – 90 million)
3. UK sub-corpora compared, US sub-corpora compared
4. Keywords (words which occur statistically significantly more often in a corpus when compared to a reference corpus) derived
5. Keywords analysed via concordances with respect to moral panic categories
2. corrective action
3. desired outcome
4. moral entrepreneur
"The vast, vast majority, of Muslims living in the UK support policing efforts, fear terrorism and want to work with us," said [Sir Ian].’ (The Guardian, October 29, 2004).