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Egypten ur Västs ögon : En kritisk diskursanalys av svensk medias rapportering om protesterna i Egypten 2011 ur ett postkolonialt perspektiv

Barath, Emilia LU (2011) MRSK30 20111
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
This thesis is a critical discourse analysis of ten articles from three Swedish newspapers about the 2011 revolution in Egypt. The purpose of the study is to see if any postcolonial discourses can be found in the reporting and, if so, how we can understand the consequences of these for the way we think about people’s identities and about the future of Egypt.
In the thesis’ analysis three postcolonial discourses were found; a demonization of Islam, the constant attempt to position West in the revolution and the duty of the West to help Egypt. All these three discourses express a postcolonial attempt to create the identities of an inferior “Other” as opposed to a superior “Us”. Islam is constantly portrayed as dictatorial and as a threat... (More)
This thesis is a critical discourse analysis of ten articles from three Swedish newspapers about the 2011 revolution in Egypt. The purpose of the study is to see if any postcolonial discourses can be found in the reporting and, if so, how we can understand the consequences of these for the way we think about people’s identities and about the future of Egypt.
In the thesis’ analysis three postcolonial discourses were found; a demonization of Islam, the constant attempt to position West in the revolution and the duty of the West to help Egypt. All these three discourses express a postcolonial attempt to create the identities of an inferior “Other” as opposed to a superior “Us”. Islam is constantly portrayed as dictatorial and as a threat to the future of Egypt. The revolution itself is often viewed upon as an expression and legitimization of western values. The Egyptian people are also portrayed as unable to help themselves and as in need of help from the west to create a democratic society. These three discourses work together and empower each other. The West is therefore seen as the superior civilization and unless “we” help “them” the future of Egypt is bleak. (Less)
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author
Barath, Emilia LU
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MRSK30 20111
year
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
kritisk diskursanalys, Egypten, postkolonial teori, medierapportering, vi och de
language
Swedish
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1971859
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2011-06-29 11:08:56
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  abstract     = {This thesis is a critical discourse analysis of ten articles from three Swedish newspapers about the 2011 revolution in Egypt. The purpose of the study is to see if any postcolonial discourses can be found in the reporting and, if so, how we can understand the consequences of these for the way we think about people’s identities and about the future of Egypt. 
In the thesis’ analysis three postcolonial discourses were found; a demonization of Islam, the constant attempt to position West in the revolution and the duty of the West to help Egypt. All these three discourses express a postcolonial attempt to create the identities of an inferior “Other” as opposed to a superior “Us”. Islam is constantly portrayed as dictatorial and as a threat to the future of Egypt. The revolution itself is often viewed upon as an expression and legitimization of western values. The Egyptian people are also portrayed as unable to help themselves and as in need of help from the west to create a democratic society. These three discourses work together and empower each other. The West is therefore seen as the superior civilization and unless “we” help “them” the future of Egypt is bleak.},
  author       = {Barath, Emilia},
  keyword      = {kritisk diskursanalys,Egypten,postkolonial teori,medierapportering,vi och de},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Egypten ur Västs ögon : En kritisk diskursanalys av svensk medias rapportering om protesterna i Egypten 2011 ur ett postkolonialt perspektiv},
  year         = {2011},
}