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The Language of Inequality in the News
A Discourse Analytic Approach

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  • Date Published: January 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108474337

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  • Why in the early 1970s does The Times reject the idea of a national lottery, as rewarding luck not merit and effort, but warmly welcome one by the 1990s? Why in the 1970s do the Daily Mail's TV reviews address serious contemporary themes such as class- and race-relations, whereas forty years later they are largely concerned with celebrities, talent shows, and nostalgia? Why does the Conservative Chancellor in the 2010s mention 'Britain' so very often, when the Conservative Chancellor in the 1970s scarcely does at all? Covering news stories spanning fort-five years, Michael Toolan explores how wealth inequality has been presented in centre-right British newspapers, focusing on changes in the representation may have helped present-day inequality seem justifiable. Toolan employs corpus linguistic and critical discourse analytic methods to identify changing lexis and verbal patterns and gaps, all of which contribute to the way wealth inequality was represented in each of the decades from the 1970s to the present.

    • Establishes a new way of doing corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis, on a complex but well-recognized social category of wealth inequality
    • Provides an historical context in which to place the texts that are discussed, aiding readers understanding of the identified verbal patterns, gaps and changes
    • Enables researchers to move from a large initial set of candidate examples to a most relevant and revealing sub-set, by replicable steps backed by reasonable justifications
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘Michael Toolan skilfully dissects the language of mainstream media, exemplified by The Times and the Mail … This book is a showcase project for all discourse-oriented interpretive social studies.' Wolfgang Teubert, University of Birmingham

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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108474337
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Analysing the Evolving Press Discourse of Contemporary UK Inequality:
    1. Increased wealth inequality in the UK
    2. Why does increasing wealth inequality matter?
    3. Facts, discourse, myths
    4. 'Ethical' differentiation
    5. Inequality as 'British' once more
    6. Why The Times and the Daily Mail?
    7. Spreading the word about the new inequality: the news media
    8. Landmarks in the politics of language tradition
    9. Language-oriented critical discourse analysis: a brief survey
    10. Corpus linguistic methods for exploring the ideology in discourse
    11. Theoretical and methodological assumptions of this study
    12. Brief outline of the chapters
    13. Political affiliations
    Part II. What's Fair and Unfair in The Times:
    14. The language of fairness
    15. Why concentrate on fair and unfair?
    16. The 1971 and 2011 selections of fair and unfair stories
    17. A national lottery
    18. Industrial relations in 1971: strikes and unfair dismissal
    19. Industrial relations in 2011: the burdens of employment law and 'abuse' of tribunals
    20. Mr Marples's manifesto for the control of fair incomes
    21. The squeezed middle and fair pay in 2011
    22. Fair rents, fair housing
    23. Pensions 'reform'
    24. Fair and unfair in other contexts
    25. Conclusions
    Part III. Budgets and Burdens, from Barber to Osborne:
    26. Introduction
    27. Style and genre differences between Barber 1971 and Osborne 2011
    28. Lexical contrasts
    29. We in Osborne
    30. Fair and help in Osborne
    31. Taxation
    32. The disappearing burden of taxation
    33. Chancellors' metaphors and the stories they tell: ruts and dust versus the march of the makers
    34. The editorial reception of the Barber and Osborne budgets in The Times and the Daily Mail
    Part IV. Peter Black, Christopher Stevens, Class and Britain:
    35. The TV reviewer as spokesperson of everyday ideology: Peter Black and Christopher Stevens
    36. General topics in Black and Stevens Compared
    37. Methodology
    38. Peter Black on class
    39. Class and other values in Christopher Stevens, 2013
    40. Equal and fair in CS and PB
    41. Coronation Street, sex and race, then and now
    42. Key semantic domains in Black's and Stevens's journalism: a comparative analysis
    43. The meanings of Britain and the British then (in PB) and now (in CS)
    44. Conclusion
    Part V. Forty-Five Years of Luddite Behaviour:
    45. Ned Ludd and Robin Hood
    46. The Luddites
    47. Luddite and Luddites: grammar, meaning, and frequency
    48. Luddite in the early 1970s in The Times: a preliminary survey
    49. Luddite/Luddites used politically in The Times and the Mail during the first Thatcher term
    50. Luddite/s after June 1983
    51. The Miners' Strike of 1984-5
    52. Concluding remarks: the Luddite narrative
    Part VI. Forty-Five Years of Robin Hood:
    53. Powerful names
    54. Robin Hood in The Times: preliminary profile
    55. Robin Hood in the Daily Mail: preliminary profile
    56. Robin Hood in the 1970s
    57. Grunwick
    58. Robin Hood in Mrs Thatcher's 1980s and John Major's 1990s
    59. Keynes, not Robin Hood
    60. Bishops more progressive than Labour
    61. Gordon Brown as (nearly) Robin Hood: the New Labour years (1997 to 2010)
    62. Robin Hood since 2010
    63. Conclusion
    Part VII. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Michael Toolan, University of Birmingham
    Michael Toolan is Professor of English Language at the University of Birmingham. He has been researching in literary linguistics and discourse analysis for many years, and has published extensively on Stylistics and Narrative. He is editor of the Journal of Literary Semantics, and is current Chair of the Poetics and Linguistics Association.

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