Muslim neighbors or an Islamic threat? A constructionist framing analysis of newspaper coverage of mosque controversiesitleMedia, Culture and Society (2015)
In recent years, growing communities of Muslim-Americans have faced tension in a series of debates over the construction of Islamic prayer spaces in American cities. Islamic community members have found themselves fighting for representation within the political process and for their philosophical right to exist within American society. This study presents a framing analysis of the debate in five US newspapers between 2010 and 2013 as a way of examining the position of Muslims within contemporary American society. The study examines five frames: Local Regulation, Legal Authority, Political Debate, Muslim Neighbors, and Islamic Threat. The first three were episodic frames, while the other two were thematic. Some of the discourse showed evidence of Islamophobia, or indiscriminate negative attitudes or emotions directed at Islam or Muslims. Other stories showed evidence of Islamophilia, which is the stereotypical presentation of ‘good Muslims’ who are model citizens in contrast to the ‘bad Muslims’ who serve as rhetorical enemies.
- media framing,
- Moral Foundations Theory,
- social constructionism
Publication DateDecember 30, 2015
Citation InformationBrian J. Bowe and Taj W. Makki. "Muslim neighbors or an Islamic threat? A constructionist framing analysis of newspaper coverage of mosque controversiesitle" Media, Culture and Society (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/brianjbowe/30/