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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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Title Reporting Iraq's cosmopolitan society in the Australian print media : The case of the Assyrian church bombings
Author(s) Isakhan, Ben
Conference name Sites of Cosmopolitanism Conference (2005 : Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland)
Conference location Brisbane, Queensland
Conference dates 6-8 Jul. 2009
Title of proceedings Sites of Cosmopolitanism Conference, Brisbane, July 6-8 2005, Griffith University : conference papers
Editor(s) Woodward, Ian
Ellison, David
Publication date 2005
Conference series Sites of Cosmopolitanism Conference
Start page 1
End page 16
Publisher Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University
Place of publication Nathan, Qld.
Summary 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.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005, Griffith University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033458

Document type: Conference Paper
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