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The journalistic construction of voters in the Spanish general election campaign 2008

Garcia-Blanco, Inaki 2011. The journalistic construction of voters in the Spanish general election campaign 2008. Journalism Practice 5 (2) , pp. 177-192. 10.1080/17512786.2010.523586

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Abstract

This article examines the mediated construction of citizens during an electoral campaign, a political period in which citizens are normatively expected to play a fundamental role. From a social constructionist, discursive approach, this article qualitatively explores the representation of citizens in the press in the coverage of the main Spanish newspapers (El País, El Mundo, and Abc) during the campaign for the Spanish General Election of 2008. It is understood that the media's portrayal of citizens contributes to spreading and legitimising certain discourses about citizens, about citizens' political behaviour, and also about the reasons behind citizens' political attitudes and motivations. On occasions, these discourses are based on pre-electoral polls or previous research, although many rest only on inferences about the public. The newspapers put forward a reductionistic set of ambivalent discourses naturalising uninformed voting and legitimising the vote for major parties, while sympathising, at the same time, with disenchanted voters, justifying citizens' distrust in politicians.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Uncontrolled Keywords: citizenship, elections, journalistic construction, press, Spain
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1751-2786
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:59
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/7102

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