The Identity Narratives

Jesús Romero-Trillo

in The Slippery Slope to Genocide

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199791743
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919222 | DOI:
The Identity Narratives

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Political domination has always been expressed through the narratives of identity and through the linguistic justification of antagonism toward the other. In fact, the language of the media has a fundamental role in the initiation of a conflict, but it is also essential to quench the fire of enmity by neutralizing the discourses of diversity. This chapter investigates the inextricable relationship of liminality and conflict in the escalation of the military threats between India and Pakistan in December 2008. It analyzes the language used by the online media of the two countries during the days of the preconflict stage (December 27–31). The chapter analyzes the stance of the journalists in the presentation of information to allow us to evaluate the cognitive scenario created in both publics and to understand the consequences of creating an ideological basis to justify the ignition of the conflict.

Keywords: media; narrative; liminality; conflict; identity; critical discourse analysis

Chapter.  6250 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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