Obesity in the News: A Corpus-Based Critical Analysis of the British Press

Gavin Brookes

CASS, Lancaster University

In this talk, I present findings from the Representations of Obesity in the News project - a recent programme of work carried out within the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science. The aim of the project was to examine the discourses that the British press draws upon to represent the topic of obesity. To do this, we assembled and analysed a 36-million-word corpus of national British newspaper articles about obesity published between 2008 and 2017. Using a corpus-based approach to Critical Discourse Studies, the project has explored how the press represents people with obesity in ways that stigmatise them, how such representations vary according to newspaper formats and political leanings and social variables such as gender and social class, as well as how these representations have changed over time. This seminar will cover some of the main findings in relation to these and our other areas of focus and consider their implications for people living with obesity and society more broadly.

Week 16 2021/2022

Thursday 24th February 2022

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