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Mission Invisible: Race, Religion, and News at the Dawn of the 9/11 Era

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The attacks of 9/11 created a philosophical and cultural shockwave

felt around the world. For many Canadians, 9/11 also produced feelings

of insecurity, vulnerability, and suspicion of "Arabs" in

general. Being Muslim was often seen as being Arab, and diverse Muslim

communities were glossed over as if they were invisible. How did these

negative attitudes come about?

Many point to the role of the news media in framing and

contextualizing events and its complicity in reproducing racist images

of Muslim minorities. Strikingly lacking from media analyses,

however, is a focus on the most significant stage of reportage:

the initial weeks in which the events, surrounding issues, and primary

actors of 9/11 were all first framed by journalists. The authors

of Mission Invisible chronicle varying racialized

constructions of Muslim communities in the news during these initial

weeks. Through detailed examination of the

naturalized underrepresentation and misrepresentation of Muslim

communities, they map the production of racist ideology in the news,

parsing textual productions to locate complex patterns of rhetorical

devices, dramatic structure, and discursive themes.

In showing how media coverage of Muslim communities was imagined,

negotiated, and represented after 9/11, Mission Invisible

provides much-needed empirical evidence of how racist discourses are

constructed and reinforced by the media in a unique Canadian setting

where linguistic and cultural communities are often in contention.

Ross Perigoe was an associate professor of

journalism at Concordia University. Mahmoud Eid is an

associate professor of communication at the University of Ottawa.

Synopsis:

For many Canadians, the attacks of 9/11 produced feelings of

insecurity, vulnerability, and suspicion of "Arabs." How

did these negative attitudes come about? Many point to the complicity

of the news media in reproducing racist images of Muslim minorities.

Mission Invisible chronicles varying racialized constructions

of Muslim communities in the news during the most significant stage of

reportage: the initial weeks when the events, issues, and primary

actors of 9/11 were all first framed by journalists. By

unravelling the discourse and rhetoric of news coverage in Canada at

the dawn of the 9/11 era, this book not only uncovers racist

representations of Muslim communities but also reveals the discursive

processes that rendered this racism invisible.

About the Author

Ross Perigoe was an associate professor of journalism at Concordia University. Mahmoud Eid is an associate professor of communication at the University of Ottawa.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Mission Visible?

1

Mission Recognition

2

Mission Ambition

3

Mission Decision

4

Mission Oppression

5

Mission Perception

6

Mission Opposition

7

Mission Position

8

Mission Envision

9

Mission Completion

10

Mission Condition

Conclusion: Mission Invisible!

Notes

References

About the Authors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780774826471
Subtitle:
Race, Religion, and News at the Dawn of the 9/11 Era
Author:
Perigoe, Ross
Author:
Eid, Mahmoud
Publisher:
UBC Press
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140312
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Sociology » Islamic Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media

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"Synopsis" by , For many Canadians, the attacks of 9/11 produced feelings of

insecurity, vulnerability, and suspicion of "Arabs." How

did these negative attitudes come about? Many point to the complicity

of the news media in reproducing racist images of Muslim minorities.

Mission Invisible chronicles varying racialized constructions

of Muslim communities in the news during the most significant stage of

reportage: the initial weeks when the events, issues, and primary

actors of 9/11 were all first framed by journalists. By

unravelling the discourse and rhetoric of news coverage in Canada at

the dawn of the 9/11 era, this book not only uncovers racist

representations of Muslim communities but also reveals the discursive

processes that rendered this racism invisible.

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