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Changing images of the USA in German media discourse during four American presidencies
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication.
2011 (English)In: International journal of cultural studies, ISSN 1367-8779, E-ISSN 1460-356X, Vol. 14, no 1, 35-51 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article presents a study of how images of the United States have changed in German media discourse since the end of the Cold War. Two leading German news papers, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Suddeutsche Zeitung, have been analysed during four time periods - from 1984 to 2009 - covering four American presidencies. The results show that the image of the USA was far more critical in 2004, during the Bush era than during the other presidencies, where positive and trustful images had a more prominent place in the discourse. Even anti-American images were found. However, the critical images were, in general, more focused on what the USA does, not what it is - even during the Bush era. Furthermore, the relationship between the USA and Germany was portrayed as being close and friendly - like a father-son relationship - with the exception of 2004, when relations were presented as somewhat strained.

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2011. Vol. 14, no 1, 35-51 p.
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Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-14986DOI: 10.1177/1367877910384182ISI: 000288872400003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-78651109566OAI: diva2:483018
Available from: 2012-01-24 Created: 2012-01-24 Last updated: 2014-02-11Bibliographically approved

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