The ideologies behind newspaper crime reports of Latinos and wall street/CEOs: A critical analysis of metonymy in text and image

Theresa Catalano, Linda R. Waugh

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Abstract

This study illustrates how metonymy in image and text work together to produce dominant ideologies in US media discourse, through careful, multidisciplinary analysis of over 25 articles in online US newspapers from the years 2004 to 2011 that reported crimes committed by Wall Street/CEOs and Latino migrants. Using critical discourse analysis/ studies, multimodal analysis, and cognitive linguistic frameworks, we examine examples of metonymy, which combine to negatively 'Other' Latinos and (re)produce positive representations of Wall Street/CEOs. While work in critical metaphor analysis shows how metaphor plays a crucial role in the depiction of participants and events, we argue that metonymy is equally important and reveals the need for a critical metonymy analysis. These results help to demonstrate the ideological potential of metonymy in media discourse and how it contributes to the public's conceptualisation of these groups, thereby bringing us one step closer to social justice and social change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-426
Number of pages21
JournalCritical Discourse Studies
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 21 2013

Keywords

  • Ceos
  • Crime reports
  • Ideology
  • Latinos
  • Metonymy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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