More on Cartoons

Mustafa Hussain mustafa.hussain at GET2NET.DK
Wed Feb 15 16:18:29 UTC 2006


Blade


Dear All,

Should some social analysts be interested to probe further into the current background behind the present crisis for the Danish society, they may gainlfully get more insight into the role of the mass media in alienating the nation into two 'blocks of culture/religion' discourse by going through  Rikke Andreassen's PhD- thesis, perhaps one of the most recent "data-base" on news-media rhetoric on Muslims and Islam in Denmark, covering both the public service and commercial media for the last 30 years.

The gest of her thesis, as I understand, is that the way the Danish mass media construct the social realties on the dimension of gender, race, nation or sexual orientation are integrally related to a construction af self-identity as a nation and people, the Danes and Denmark. Other social scientists have called the tendency "Banale Nationalisme".

a.. The Mass Media's Construction of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Nationality. An Analysis of the Danish News Media's Communication about Visible Minorities, Ph.d-Dissertation, University of Toronto, 2005.

Best Wishes,

Mustafa


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