Discourses of European identity in British, Italian, and French TV news

Joanna Thornborrow, Louann Haarman and Alison Duguid

in European Identity

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602308
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739156 | DOI:

Series: IntUne

Discourses of European identity in British, Italian, and French TV news

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Unlike previous chapters, Chapter 4 examines the language of television news in France, Italy, and Britain. In looking at both visual and verbal data, it shows how news about Europe is ‘framed’ in different ways in the different countries. The chapter concludes that in French TV news there is pervasive reference to a united European identity, constructing a strong concept of a collective European ‘we’ (albeit French‐centred). In Italian TV news the European ‘we’ is less strongly represented, but Europe is nevertheless a central figure, particularly in its political and institutional roles. In the UK, on the other hand, Europe is represented often sceptically or semi‐seriously — as something rather distant.

Keywords: television news language; framing; identity; visual semiotics; verbal semiotics

Chapter.  14691 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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