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Title: Critical discourse analysis of Kemalism and Islamism in Turkish newspapers : the 2008 Indictment Case and the 28th February national Security Council Meeting
Author: Efe , Ibrahim
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2012
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In this research project, news reporting of four Turkish dailies (Cumhuriyet, Hurriyet, Vakit and Zaman) on two significant political events is analysed. By doing so, the objective will be to understand how and what roles newspapers play in an ongoing conflict caused by the ideologies of Islam ism and Secularism in Turkey. The historical significance of the social problem under investigation, and the context of the events, therefore, will be delineated at the outset. The data, which consist of images of pertinent news articles, is digitalised and assembled into a corpus. Using a quantitative method, i.e., Corpus Linguistics, the news corpus is analysed and used to select representative texts for a qualitative analysis, which draws on a specific Critical Discourse Analysis approach, namely the Discourse-Historical Approach. The representation of each event and the social actors involved in is the focus of the whole analysis. The analysis findings have shown that the lexical selection and discourse formation of each newspaper is not independent of the agency's attitude towards the events in question. As a result the newspapers are found to be too acquiescent to challenge the definition of the problem independent of the powerful groups. More importantly, the conflict seems to rage not in between two separate ideologies but over different understandings of the same religion, i.e. Islam. Declaration I hereby declare that this thesis is my own work, and has not been submitted in substantially the same form for the award of a higher degree elsewhere.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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