Reporting Iraq's cosmopolitan society in the Australian print media : The case of the Assyrian church bombings
Isakhan, Ben 2005, Reporting Iraq's cosmopolitan society in the Australian print media : The case of the Assyrian church bombings, in Sites of Cosmopolitanism Conference, Brisbane, July 6-8 2005, Griffith University : conference papers, Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University, Nathan, Qld., pp. 1-16.
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Sites of Cosmopolitanism Conference, Brisbane, July 6-8 2005, Griffith University : conference papers
Woodward, Ian Ellison, David
Sites of Cosmopolitanism Conference
Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University
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A series of bomb blasts that targeted a number of Assyrian churches in Baghdad and Mosul last year were reported in the Australian media and seemed to hint at the complexity of Iraq’s cosmopolitan society. This paper seeks to compare and contrast the representation of these events in four of Australia’s leading newspapers (The Australian, The Courier-Mail, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald) by using a multi-methodological approach. The analysis reveals that Australian print coverage falls short of detailing the complexities of Iraq’s cosmopolitan society and therefore engenders an Orientalist (Said, 1978) discourse that constructs the Assyrians as powerless and anonymous victims.
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Field of Research
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
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