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Reporting Africa: Same old stereotypical representation?: A qualitative single case study of terrorism in Nigeria
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this single case study is to examine how western media represent terrorism in Africa, more specifically, how BBC news represent terrorism in Nigeria. There are further two comparative moments that the specific case will be compared to which are stereotypes of; firstly, earlier studies of terrorism generally made by the "other" and secondly, earlier studies of representation of Africa. The research gap is that there is lack of studies concerning media representation of terrorism in Africa, there are studies about media representation of Africa and terrorism individually, however, this combination is absence. The theoretical approaches that are used in the thesis are post-colonial and representation theories which are relevant in order to provide the useful analytical tool to carry out the research. The analytical framework is developed based on earlier studies and theories where three frames are presented; colonial, cultural and religious frame. The method used is a qualitative content analysis where BBC news articles concerning Terrorism in Nigeria are used as data. The thesis finally revealed that there are general similarities to both earlier studies of representation of terrorism and Africa, however, the religious stereotypes which are associated with the general representation of terrorism, were more stable and dominant.

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2017. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Media representation, Reporting Africa, terrorism, Boko Haram, BBC news, colonialism
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11240Local ID: EIS501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11240DiVA: diva2:1127408
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Political science
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IPPE
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Available from: 2017-07-18 Created: 2017-07-14 Last updated: 2017-07-18Bibliographically approved

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