Ethnic Minorities and the Media: Changing Cultural Boundaries

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NEW(S) RACISM: A DISCOURSE
ANALYTICAL APPROACH

Teun A. van Dijk


Introduction

In this chapter we critically study the way news in the press may contribute to what is sometimes called the ‘new racism’. Since news reports are a type of text, our approach will be ‘discourse analytical’. This means that we do not treat news as transparent ‘messages’ whose ‘contents’ may be analysed in a superficial, quantitative way. Rather, we examine the complex structures and strategies of news reports and their relations to the social context. In our case, the social context consists of the activities of journalists in newsmaking, as well as the interpretations of readers, in the increasingly multicultural societies of western Europe and North America. More specifically we want to know what role the media in general, and news in particular, play in the reproduction of ‘racial’ and ethnic inequality in these societies, and aim to do so through a systematic analysis of news discourse structures.


The new racism

In many respects, contemporary forms of racism are different from the ‘old’ racism of slavery, segregation, apartheid, lynchings, and systematic discrimination, of white superiority feelings, and of explicit derogation in public discourse and everyday conversation. The New Racism (Barker 1981) wants to be democratic and respectable, and hence first off denies that it is racism. Real Racism, in this framework of thought, exists only among the Extreme Right. In the New Racism, minorities are not biologically

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