This thesis explores the construction, framing and representation of Britain and
British identity in British and Commonwealth national newspaper coverage of the
2012 Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic Games. Specifically, national
newspapers from Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Northern Ireland,
Scotland and Wales were examined using a qualitative thematic content analysis.
From this sample it is argued that when viewed as part of a long-term process, the
relationship between Britain’s national and imperial histories can be used to explore
contemporary media discourses on Britain and British identity. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.