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Verbal and Visual Representation of 'US' and 'THEM': British Front-Page News on the Iraq War

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Year of publication 2009
Type Conference abstract
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Faculty of Arts

Description The verbal and visual categorization of two opposed groups draws on a broad range of contrasts such as "human" vs "animal", "presence of civilization" vs "absence of civilization", "pleasure" vs "pain", etc. Although such contrasts are typically subject to affective polarization, i.e., the depiction of the ingroup and the outgroup in terms of positive self-presentation and negative other-presentation, the contrasts can also be used subversively by the media, e.g., to question the positive values and the self-image that a group typically holds about itself.
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