Chapter published in:Representing the Other in European Media Discourses
Edited by Jan Chovanec and Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 74] 2017
► pp. 55–80
Chapter 2Togetherness or othering?
community and comunità in the UK and Italian press
This chapter addresses the theme of othering by reporting on preliminary work from a European project aimed at building a dictionary of migration discourse keywords. The chapter investigates the use of the terms COMMUNITY and comunità in two British and Italian newspapers (Guardian, Times, Repubblica, Corriere della Sera) using corpus-assisted discourse analysis. In the first stage, it shows how these terms are interpreted as keywords of migration discourse. In the second, it examines the evaluative weighting of these lexical items. Contrary to previous work (e.g. Williams, 1983; Gallissot, 2007), it is shown here that the terms COMMUNITY and comunità are actually used as part of a pattern of othering, when employed in the context of migration discourse.
Keywords: migration discourse, discourse keywords, media discourse, corpus-assisted discourse analysis
- 1.1Discourse keywords
- 1.2Previous research into community and comunità
- 2.1A corpus-assisted discourse studies approach
- 2.2Corpora and tools
- 2.2.2Corpus tools
community and comunità as discourse keywords of migration
- 3.1Peaks in use
- 3.2Association with migration-related terms
- 3.3Meta-discussion of community and comunità
- 4.Collocational analysis of community and comunità
- 4.1 Community identities: Minority groups
- 4.2United and/or isolated?
- 4.3Counting communities
- 4.4Established communities
- 4.5Countering the corroboration drive: Are we a community?
- 4.5.1British and Italian
- 4.5.2Our community
- 4.6 Communities and societies
Published online: 23 November 2017
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