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Arabism and anti-Persian sentiments on participatory platforms: A social media critical discourse study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Majid Khosravinik



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The contention over the name Persian Gulf has created a rich discursive site to investigate the discursive construction of Persian national and Arabic supranational identities at the heart of the Middle East. Away from the common concentration of critical discourse studies on institutionally produced texts/content (e.g., mass media), the current critical discourse analysis study investigates bottom-up discursive practices on social media—namely, user-generated content on YouTube pages and commentaries on online news articles—to explore the construction of an imagined pan-Arabic identity versus its regional rival, the Persian identity. We argue that by emphasizing fault lines of language and religion, Arabism discourse substantially draws on historical regional power struggles within a contemporary frame o

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Author(s): KhosraviNik M, Sarkhoh N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Communication

Year: 2017

Volume: 11

Pages: 3614-3633

Print publication date: 30/09/2017

Acceptance date: 24/07/2017

Date deposited: 03/10/2017

ISSN (electronic): 1932-8036

Publisher: USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism



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