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Race and Ethnicity in the Media

Neil Blain and David Hutchison

in The Media in Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627998
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627998.003.0013
Race and Ethnicity in the Media

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The chapter begins by noting the complexities around usage of the terms race and ethnicity, observing the recent predominance of the latter, and also summarizes recent work on race and ethnicity in the UK media. The chapter focuses especially on two instances of press coverage, a contested voluntary flight/abduction, and one of asylum and unrest in detention. Some difference in Scottish reporting from UK newspapers is observed, including over the role of the Dungavel detention centre. There then follows a detailed case study of a suicide at Harmondsworth detention centre including discourse analysis of coverage of Dungavel. A second case study of the 2006 Misbah Rana case further analyses Scottish press coverage, especially of contestation over whether the departure was or was not voluntary, often focusing on dispute over Misbah/Molly's name. Features of coverage such as metareporting and historicization are further examined.

Keywords: race and ethnicity; ethnicity in Scotland; reporting ethnicity; asylum and detention; Dungavel; the Misbah Rana case; metareporting

Chapter.  6205 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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