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‘Not an act of God’: anger and citizenship in press coverage of British man-made disasters

Pantti, Mervi Katriina and Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin ORCID: 2011. ‘Not an act of God’: anger and citizenship in press coverage of British man-made disasters. Media Culture Society 33 (1) , pp. 105-122. 10.1177/0163443710385503

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Anger motivates people to engage in political action, fuelling collective struggles for justice and recognition. However, because of its close association with irrationality and aggression, the public expression of anger has historically been discouraged. This article focuses on expressions of anger in British disaster coverage between 1952 and 1999. In particular, we look at the relationship between anger, journalistic practices and opportunities for ordinary people to express themselves politically. Our article concludes that anger opens up a space for ordinary people to critique power holders, allowing victims and those affected by disasters to raise questions of systemic failure and blame. And such questions, it appears, are increasingly part of the emotional management style of disaster journalism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords: anger, citizenship, democracy, disaster coverage, emotion, journalism practices
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0163-4437
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:34

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