Love, R. (2014). Representations of Muslim people and Islam in the British national press after the 2013 Woolwich murder: a corpus analysis

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"In May 2013 a British soldier was murdered by two men on a street in Woolwich, London. This became a major news story and was reported on heavily by national press. The Muslim identity of the perpetrators was widely discussed in the reporting.
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  Representations of Muslim people and Islam in the British national press after the 2013 Woolwich murder: a corpus analysis   Robbie Love Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) Lancaster University, UK r.m.love@lancaster.ac.uk lovermob  Background: the Woolwich murder • In May 2013, British soldier Lee Rigby was murdered by two men on a street in Woolwich, south east London • A major news story • The Muslim identity of the perpetrators and their motivations for killing Rigby were widely discussed as part of the reporting http:// cass.lancs.ac.uk  Research aims • How were Muslim people and Islam represented by the British national press during the aftermath of the Woolwich incident? • Method: corpus-based critical discourse analysis http:// cass.lancs.ac.uk  Data • Corpus of articles published by the British national press about the Woolwich murder within one month of the attack • 22 nd  May  –  21 st  June 2013 • Collected using Nexis: News Search   Woolwich OR  Rigby OR  Adebolajo OR  Adebowale • 3,632 articles in total, 2,451,575 words http:// cass.lancs.ac.uk  Analytical techniques • WordSmith Tools (Scott 2008) • Keywords  –  reference corpus BE06. Aim  –  to discover the ‘aboutness’ of the Woolwich reporting in general • Focused in on keywords MUSLIM and ISLAM • Grammatical forms - disambiguation • Collocation analysis • Concordancing used to look at the surrounding context in more detail http:// cass.lancs.ac.uk
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