Locating Britian: Migration and shifting boundaries on TV news
Gross, B. (2009) Locating Britian: Migration and shifting boundaries on TV news. In: Castello, E. , Dhoest, A. and O'Donnell, H. , eds. (2009) The Nation on Screen. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 139-156. ISBN 9780443806145
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Collective identities projected in the content of national television news can be less stable and coherent than is often suggested. Working within a tension between an inclusive and an exclusive national identity discourse, television news programmes are involved in what Ulrich Beck (2005:47) calls a 'transnational meta-power politics of plural boundary demarcations'. Based on analysis of boundary positions within the coverage of immigration and migration issues on British television news, this chapter illustrates how news programmes construct shifting boundaries and thus plural identies. The 'imagined community' (Anderson 1983) proposed by individual news pieces can vary, even appear contradictory.
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