Journalism is a “significant resource of societal meaning” (Lünenborg, 2016, p. 328; see also Godler et al., 2020, p. 214). Regarding its high impact on prevalent societal knowledge, Golder et al. (2020) propose social epistemology as a new paradigm for discussing journalistic knowledge (p. 214). A social epistemological research paradigm can highlight the ways in which journalism enables or refuses participation by focusing on epistemological standards and corresponding inequalities like epistemic injustice in journalistic knowledge production. The proposed dissertation will analyze the discursive knowledge production about racism in German journalism. Regarding the strong entanglement of racism and gender (e.g. Dietze, 2016, p. 4; hooks, 2000, p. 161; Dhawan & Castro Varela, 2020, p. 307) and to see how marginalized groups are included in these discussions, the research focus lies on how ‘race’ and gender influence the participation in the journalistic discourse about racism. The research question of the proposed dissertation is formulated as follows:
How do ‘race’ and gender influence the discursive construction of knowledge about racism in audiovisual journalistic contributions by German public broadcasters?
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Margreth Lünenborg, Freie Universität Berlin/Germany
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