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Payday loans in the press: a discourse-mythological analysis of British newspaper coverage of the payday loan industry

Budd, K.; Kelsey, D.; Mueller, F.; Whittle, A.

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Authors

K. Budd

D. Kelsey

A. Whittle



Abstract

This paper analyses media coverage of payday loans in order to understand how a moral case for state intervention and regulation was constructed through forms of mythological storytelling. By analysing the archetypal qualities of media discourse, we can see how particular ideas are legitimised through the ideological mechanisms of moral stories. Stories drew on mythology of the “other world,” the flood, and the tragedy. Archetypal roles were constructed for the borrower as victim and the payday loan firm as villain or trickster, with the latter drawing on religious and literary figures as archetypes. This paper has shown how, regardless of the ideological positioning of individual newspapers, a moral plot was crafted which framed the industry as a problem that ultimately served to justify state regulation of the industry.

Citation

Budd, K., Kelsey, D., Mueller, F., & Whittle, A. (2020). Payday loans in the press: a discourse-mythological analysis of British newspaper coverage of the payday loan industry. Social Semiotics, 30(1), 25-44. https://doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2018.1526466

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 11, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 23, 2018
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Jun 22, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jun 23, 2020
Journal Social Semiotics
Print ISSN 1035-0330
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 1
Pages 25-44
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2018.1526466
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1262270

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