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Title: Media framings of the issue of Turkish accession to the EU: a European or national process?
Authors: Koenig, Thomas
Mihelj, Sabina
Downey, John
Gencel Bek, Mine
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) / © Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences and ICCR Foundation
Citation: KOENING, T. ... et al, 2006. Media framings of the issue of Turkish accession to the EU: a European or national process? Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 19 (2), pp.149-169.
Abstract: Recent empirical research has argued that there is a movement towards a Europeanized public sphere in the European Union. Based on a representative sample from the British, French, Slovenian, Turkish, and US-American press, this article explores via a novel content analytic method that codes frames semi-automatically through keywords, in how far the discourses about the proposed accession of Turkey to the EU approximate a European public sphere. The findings show that discourses do not fulfill basic standards of democratic deliberation: Not only are there vast differences in the intensity of the debates, but the distribution of the main frames that structure the discourse - a "clash of civilizations" between "Islamic Turkey" and "Christian Europe" on the one hand versus a liberal-multiculturalist project that unifies different civilizations under one political roof on the other - are differently distributed across the countries surveyed. The actual manifestations frames vary by country. All frames employed also consider collectivities rather than individuals the major parties of the discourse, a conception that runs against the tenets of rational-democratic deliberations. © 2006 Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences and ICCR Foundation.
Description: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the journal Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13511610600804240
Version: Submitted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/13511610600804240
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14258
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13511610600804240
ISSN: 1351-1610
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