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Tabloiding the Truth

It's the Pun Wot Won It

Authors: Buckledee, Steve

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  • Presents a thematic study of the UK tabloid newspapers from the 1960s to the present day
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  • Considers source material with reference to its historical and sociopolitical context
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  • Examines readers’ online feedback for those pieces written since the 'digital revolution'
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About this book

What skills do journalists exhibit in sensationalising, exaggerating and otherwise ‘tabloiding’ the truth, while usually stopping short of stating unambiguous falsehoods? Why has the tabloid news not collapsed as predicted, but thrived as a medium in an age of interaction and online commentary? This book is a comprehensive and accessible exploration of the British tabloid newspapers from the 1960s to the present day. Examining topics such as sex and the representation of women, national stereotypes and Britain’s relationship with Europe, war coverage, celebrities, investigative journalism and instances where the tabloids have misread the public mood, the author draws on Critical Discourse Analysis and Stylistics to take a language-led approach to the UK tabloids. With its interdisciplinary approach and readable prose style, this book will be of interest to a wide range of readers across language and linguistics, media and communication, journalism, political science and British cultural studies.

About the authors

Steve Buckledee is a Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Cagliari, Italy. His previous publications include The Role of Motivation in Second Language Acquisition (2011) and The Language of Brexit (2018).

Reviews

“This thematically-organised book provides an objective and well-balanced account of the popular press in the UK. It is detailed enough to be suitable for students of Journalism, Linguistics and British Culture, and readable enough to be accessible to the layperson.  Scholars will also undoubtedly appreciate the extraordinary insight that the volume offers into this ‘particularly British beast’.” (David Brett, University of Sassari, Italy)

“Steve Buckledee presents us with a thorough, well researched analyses of the British tabloid phenomenon. His scholarly, narrative voice is authoritative, trustworthy and, at the same time, not overburdened by undue intellectual zeal. Whether you are an academic, journalist, researcher or just an inquisitive reader, this book will communicate with you in informative and pleasurable ways.” (Nebojša Radić, University of Cambridge, UK)

“Uniquely combining an accessible writing style and thoughtful analyses, this excellent book provides a detailed exploration of the use of language in the British tabloid newspapers since the 1960s. Ambitious yet approachable, this is a refreshing addition to the scholarship on tabloid media and the use of language in media more generally. Both highly welcome and recommended.” (Monika Brusenbauch Meislová, Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: A Uniquely British Phenomenon?

    Pages 1-9

    Buckledee, Dr. Steve

  • From ‘Horse Dope’ to ‘Saucy Soap’ Sensations: The Making of the Modern Tabloid

    Pages 11-18

    Buckledee, Dr. Steve

  • From ‘Gotcha’ to ‘Shocking and Awful’: How the Tabloids Report Britain’s Military Conflicts

    Pages 19-50

    Buckledee, Dr. Steve

  • From ‘Rivers of Blood’ to ‘Migrants Are Like Cockroaches’: The Tabloids and Race

    Pages 51-76

    Buckledee, Dr. Steve

  • Totties, Time Warps and Traitors to the Sisterhood: The Tabloids and Sex

    Pages 77-92

    Buckledee, Dr. Steve

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Softcover $27.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-47275-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tabloiding the Truth
Book Subtitle
It's the Pun Wot Won It
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-47276-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-47276-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-47275-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 194
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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