Discourses of Legitimation in the News: The Case of the Economic Crisis in Greece

1st Edition

Vaia Doudaki, Angeliki Boubouka

September 5, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 100 Pages
ISBN 9780367183943 - CAT# K416523
Series: Routledge Focus on Journalism Studies


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Using news coverage of the economic crisis in Greece, this book develops a framework for identifying discourses of legitimation of political decisions and policies in the news.

This study departs from the assumption that news is a privileged terrain where discursive struggles (over power) are represented and take place. Incorporating systematic analysis of news texts and journalistic practices, the model contextualises the analysis in its specific socio-political environment and examines legitimising discourse through the prism of the news. Ultimately the book recognises the active role played by journalists and media in legitimating economic crisis related policies and decisions, and how they help dominant actors establish and legitimate their authority, which in turn helps journalists legitimate their own role and authority.

A concise, focused book which applies a strong theoretical and methodological framework, Discourse of Legitimation in the News is a strong contribution to the field for researchers and postgraduate students.

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