Metaphor and intertextuality in media framings of the (1984-85) British Miners' Strike:a multimodal analysis

Hart, Christopher James (2017) Metaphor and intertextuality in media framings of the (1984-85) British Miners' Strike:a multimodal analysis. Discourse and Communication, 11 (1). pp. 3-30. ISSN 1750-4813

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Abstract

The British Miners’ Strike of 1984-1985 represents one of the most pivotal periods in British industrial relations. Media stance toward the miners remains a controversial issue today, as attested by recent publications looking back at the strike (Williams 2009a, 2014). Here, authors including miners, journalists and other commentators argue that media coverage of the strike followed a consistently anti trade union agenda in which the media sought to destabilise the strike. An internal BBC report only recently made public shows that the BBC themselves had concerns over possible imbalances in their coverage of the so-called ‘Battle of Orgreave’ (Harcup 2014). Despite the weight attached to media coverage in this context, however, surprisingly little research has been conducted from a discourse-analytical perspective to show systematically and empirically how such an agenda may have been manifested across media texts. In this paper, drawing on Critical Cognitive Linguistics, I show how one particular metaphorical framing of the strike, which construed the strike as a war between the State and the National Union of Miners, persisted through the year long period and consider the potential ideological functions of this framing in media strategies of (de)legitimation. I show how this metaphor featured in linguistic, visual and multimodal forms of media representation

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Discourse and Communication
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Discourse and Communication, 11 (1), 2017, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2017 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Discourse and Communication page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/dcm on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3315
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 79412
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 09 May 2016 14:18
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2019 00:42
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/79412

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