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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of English Language and Literature

Title

Media discourses in Hong Kong: Change in representation of human rights

Language

English

Abstract

This study examines the change in the representation of human rights issues in a corpus containing over 5,000 articles collected from a leading English newspaper in Hong Kong in two periods before and after the change of sovereignty in 1997 using Sinclair's (Textus 9: 75-106, 1996, Trust the text, Routledge, 2004) lexical item. The analysis of instances of the phrase 'human rights' in the corpus as a lexical item shows that the newspaper in question has changed its representation of human rights issues, particularly in China and Hong Kong, over the decade. This reflects an ideological shift in the newspaper's stance in response to the current situations in both local and world politics, and that human rights concerns are not merely a nationalistic, but also a culturally dynamic phenomenon. © 2010 Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG.

Keywords

Hong Kong, human rights, ideological shift, lexical item, media discourse, word co-selection

Publication Date

2010

Source Publication Title

Text and Talk

Volume

30

Issue

5

Start Page

507

End Page

527

Publisher

De Gruyter

ISSN (print)

18607330

ISSN (electronic)

18607349

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