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The discursive construction of authenticity: The case of Jeremy Corbyn

Mueller, F.; Whittle, A.; Gadelshina, G.

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Authors

A. Whittle

G. Gadelshina



Abstract

In recent years there has been a yearning for a new, more authentic type of political leader: one who is more ‘true’, ‘real’ and ‘honest’. In this paper, we analyse the discourse through which Jeremy Corbyn was framed as an ‘authentic’ leader in the British press during the 2015 Labour party leadership contest. We use an ethnomethodological approach to the study of media texts to investigate the methods used by journalists and commentators to establish authenticity. Our analysis uncovers three methods that were used to establish Corbyn’s authenticity: consistency, atypicality and commitment to beliefs. We conclude by drawing implications from our findings for the search for authenticity in politics and society.

Citation

Mueller, F., Whittle, A., & Gadelshina, G. (2019). The discursive construction of authenticity: The case of Jeremy Corbyn. Discourse, Context and Media, 31, Article 100324. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2019.100324

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 7, 2019
Online Publication Date Aug 17, 2019
Publication Date 2019-10
Deposit Date Jun 22, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 17, 2020
Journal Discourse, Context and Media
Print ISSN 2211-6958
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Article Number 100324
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2019.100324
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1267992

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