Recollections of September 11 in three English villages: identifications and self-narrations

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/65314
Title:
Recollections of September 11 in three English villages: identifications and self-narrations
Authors:
Adams, Matt; Burke, Penny Jane
Abstract:
This paper examines the responses of adults of white ethnicity in three English villages to media coverage of the attacks of 11 September 2001. We analyse how news narratives set up particular kinds of identification with which audiences engage and/or disengage. We highlight the emotional, ambivalent and contradictory nature of identifications and dis-identifications which respondents make with the victims and perpetrators of the attacks. We explore their notions, expressed explicitly and implicitly, about Englishness, normality and niceness, perceptions of Islam and Muslims, and the joint American and British military action. Their accounts are shaped by, and form part of, ongoing negotiations of identity and subjectivity that are triggered by media consumption: they constitute forms of 'self narration'. In particular we examine the intertwining of emotional responses and modes of reasoning, discourses of ordinariness as a means of encompassing 'others' and questions of audience agency in relation to the regulation of social conduct. We argue that the strong perception among our informants that the British media and the Labour government are tightly constrained by discourses of political correctness is also reflected in their own accounts. We found a great deal of nervousness about what it is possible to say, and fear about openly expressing blatantly racist views. Thus what is not said—absences and pregnant pauses in their utterances—requires inferential analysis if we are to glean a fuller picture of our respondents' reactions.
Citation:
Adams, M and Burke, PJ. (2006) ‘Media Narrations of September 11th: formations of identification and boundary-making’. Journal for Ethnic and Migration Studies. Vol. 32 (6), pp. 983 – 1003.
Publisher:
Routledge
Journal:
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Issue Date:
2006
URI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691830600761461
DOI:
10.1080/13691830600761461
Additional Links:
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a747736400~db=all~order=page
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1369-183X; 1469-9451
Appears in Collections:
Department of Education Collection

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dc.contributor.authorAdams, Matt-
dc.contributor.authorBurke, Penny Jane-
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dc.identifier.citationAdams, M and Burke, PJ. (2006) ‘Media Narrations of September 11th: formations of identification and boundary-making’. Journal for Ethnic and Migration Studies. Vol. 32 (6), pp. 983 – 1003.en
dc.identifier.issn1369-183X-
dc.identifier.issn1469-9451-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13691830600761461-
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691830600761461-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the responses of adults of white ethnicity in three English villages to media coverage of the attacks of 11 September 2001. We analyse how news narratives set up particular kinds of identification with which audiences engage and/or disengage. We highlight the emotional, ambivalent and contradictory nature of identifications and dis-identifications which respondents make with the victims and perpetrators of the attacks. We explore their notions, expressed explicitly and implicitly, about Englishness, normality and niceness, perceptions of Islam and Muslims, and the joint American and British military action. Their accounts are shaped by, and form part of, ongoing negotiations of identity and subjectivity that are triggered by media consumption: they constitute forms of 'self narration'. In particular we examine the intertwining of emotional responses and modes of reasoning, discourses of ordinariness as a means of encompassing 'others' and questions of audience agency in relation to the regulation of social conduct. We argue that the strong perception among our informants that the British media and the Labour government are tightly constrained by discourses of political correctness is also reflected in their own accounts. We found a great deal of nervousness about what it is possible to say, and fear about openly expressing blatantly racist views. Thus what is not said—absences and pregnant pauses in their utterances—requires inferential analysis if we are to glean a fuller picture of our respondents' reactions.en
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dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a747736400~db=all~order=pageen
dc.subjectemotionen
dc.subjectmedia narrativesen
dc.subjectidentificationsen
dc.subjectpolitical correctnessen
dc.titleRecollections of September 11 in three English villages: identifications and self-narrationsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studiesen
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