What is it about?

This article is a quantitative and qualitative analysis based on archival footage of news broadcasts during the 2005 French banlieue riots, dubbed by the government a "national security crisis." After documenting and analyzing dominant news frames (the contexts, causes, solutions, and other emphases for which the riots were presented), theories of cultural racism are used to analyze the findings at a larger cultural, social and political level. The finding is that racism was frequently apparent in the broadcasts.

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Why is it important?

National identity, social relations, racism, peaceful cohabitation.


Racism in news coverage is a problem worldwide. Thus, researchers and other interested parties worldwide may find this analysis useful.

Jayson Harsin

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This page is a summary of: Cultural Racist Frames in TF1's French Banlieue Riots Coverage, French Politics Culture & Society, January 2015, Berghahn Journals, DOI: 10.3167/fpcs.2015.330303.
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