Media Representations of Islam in Britain: A Sojourner Perspective.

Brown, L. and Richards, B., 2016. Media Representations of Islam in Britain: A Sojourner Perspective. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 36 (3), 350 - 363.

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DOI: 10.1080/13602004.2016.1216627

Abstract

This paper presents findings from a qualitative study on international Muslim students’ perceptions of media portraits of Islam. 18 students were interviewed; they came from a range of countries so that a diversity of opinion could be gathered. The paper reveals that participants perceived the representation of Islam in the British media to be negative, being associated with conservatism, economic backwardness and terrorism. Participants criticised the media’s tendency towards the homogenisation of Muslims and of Muslim countries. They also called on media organisations to balance the negative portrait of Islam with positive news stories and to be more responsible in their reporting of terrorism. Interestingly, their direct consumption of UK media was limited, pointing to the possibility that their views were either ‘discursively’ driven or were the product of ‘passive media consumption’.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1469-9591
Uncontrolled Keywords:Media; Islam; Islamophobia; Muslim students
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:24764
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:28 Sep 2016 09:28
Last Modified:28 Sep 2016 09:28

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