Stigmatisation in Newspapers

Part of the Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse book series (PSDS)


This chapter investigates how cyclists are portrayed in the media by exploring discursive moves that generate an ‘us vs. them’ narrative when cyclists and pro-cycling activists are discussed. It focuses, in particular, on the reporting of a fatal collision in London between Alliston, who was riding a bicycle, and Briggs, who was crossing the road. The qualitative analysis presented here observes a selection of newspaper articles concerning that collision, and the ensuing trial, by applying the approach proposed by van Dijk (Discourse and Society 3:87–118, 1992) to investigate racist discourse in the press. The discourse moves employed by journalists to deny racism, for face-saving reasons and identified by van Dijk in his research, are employed here to analyse the selected articles in order to show what racist discourse and the discursive stigmatisation of cyclists have in common. The chapter closes with a description of Poli’s (Mobility and Environment: Humanists Versus Engineers in Urban Policy and Professional Education. Springer, Heidelberg, 2011) three approaches to traffic policy.


Collision Racist discourse Face-saving Stigma Us vs. them 


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  1. 1.Culture, Politics and SocietyUniversity of TurinTurinItaly

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