The Representation of the OTHER in Not Explicitly Polarised Issues: An Approach to Critical Discourse Analysis

Eric Kwadwo Amissah

Studenteropgave: Speciale

Abstrakt

This project report aims at investigating whether in Ghana politics unequal relations can be identified in political news discourses in a state-owned newspaper on not explicitly polarised issues. The project is based on the theoretical framework of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), particularly, the textual dimension of Fairclough’s three-dimensional model. In the project, I conducted an analysis of samples of Ghanaian news articles in one of the state-owned newspapers, the Daily Graphic, on politics in Ghana as a case study, focusing on how the representation of the “Other” is enacted in the text, as an epitome that CDA can be applied to “alternative” settings. Here, “alternative” settings refer to contexts in which a conflict is not the topic of the discourse. As shown by the analysis, unequal power relations are reflected in political news discourses in a state-owned newspaper on not explicitly polarised issues in the politics of Ghana, and this demonstrates that the scope of CDA can be broadened to include “alternative” settings.

UddannelserKommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
SprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesdato24 jan. 2011
VejledereKim Christian Schrøder

Emneord

  • Media, Politics, Othering, Ghana,Critical Discourse Analysis, Ethnicity,Political Parties,Fairclough, Van Dijk, Textual Analysis, Inter-textual Analysis, Unequal Power Relations