Portrait, cliché or caricature. An analysis of the representation of politicians and political parties during the 2007 government formation period in the Belgian press. Pilot study of 8 interviews.

Martina Temmerman, Els Belsack

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Abstract

The objective of our presentation is to sketch the way politicians and political parties were represented in interviews in the Belgian press in the first six months of the formation period. The interviews will be analyzed along three different lines. In the first part a lexical analysis inspired by critical discourse analysis (Wodak 1999, Clark 1992) scrutinizes the way in which the politician represents himself, his party and other politicians and parties. As in written discourse the interview is the most direct way to collect the politician's authentic sayings, this analysis will allow us to reconstruct the image the politicians want to convey.
But as shown in Clayman and Heritage (2002), also the interviewer plays an important role in the representation which is being given in an interview. The structure of the interview is determined by the topic choices and the questions of the journalist. Interviews in the written press are examples of mediated discourse. The final text of an interview is a construction of the journalist, even if s/he tries to reproduce the original words of the interviewee exactly. A second part of the analysis will therefore focus on the interviewer's role.
A third and final part of the analysis will integrate the results of the first two parts in a framing analysis (Entman 1993, Van Gorp 2005) of how these interviews represent the Belgian political situation and how they render ideologically determined visions as plausible as possible. We expect that in bipolar contrasts such as the North vs. the South of the country, members of opposite groups tend to revert to clichés or caricatures when representing 'the other'.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference of the Linguistic Society of Belgium (LSB): Framing: from grammar to application.
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2009
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • discourse analysis
  • journalism studies
  • political communication

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