Holohan, S (2014) What is a Cohesive Community Anyway? The Role of Mainstream Media in Narratives of (Dis)Integration. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 7 (1). 27 - 45. ISSN 1873-9857

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Abstract

The perceived failure of minority communities to integrate into mainstream culture and society has been of such concern in recent years that there have been a series of political endeavors to shore up notions of citizenship, inclusion, and (national) identity, indeed about what it means to be British. This paper considers political discourses about the failure of multiculturalism and the subsequent implementation of community cohesion strategies in relation to David Cameron’s recent treatise on muscular liberalism, in order to reflect upon notions of segregation, identity and cohesion in the United Kingdom. Data from the Muslims in the European Mediascape project is used to consider to what extent dominant hegemonic discourses of Muslim communities permeate media production practices. Based on an analysis of interviews with mainstream media producers in the United Kingdom, the key concern of this paper is to explore whether media production practices can be said to reinforce the current form of hegemonic liberalism.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Brill at https://doi.org/10.1163/18739865-00701009 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Muslims, community cohesion, media producers, multiculturalism, muscular liberalism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 09:20
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2017 15:21
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/3280

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