From Inarticulacy to Care: Exploring dialogical approaches to journalistic representation of ethnic minorities

Sheng Zou*

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Abstract

This article seeks to critically re-open the closed structure of news coverage of ethnic minorities by proposing a dialogical model of representation, which evokes mutual understanding across differences through well-crafted narratives of minority experiences. Informed by Mikhail Bakhtin and Charles Taylor, it explores the notion of “dialogue” within journalistic narratives and delineates two dialogical approaches, namely the evaluative articulation of moral values and the polyphonic incorporation of different voices. The former suggests that journalists should employ nuanced languages to situate ethnic minorities’ aspirations and experiences in a common “horizon of significance”. The latter challenges the hegemonic monologue of an ostensibly objective narration and accentuates the manifold voices from ordinary people, urging the journalists to rethink their positionality as narrators. Two cases are analyzed to reveal how the dialogic representation can be realized in news reporting, calling for a transition from “ethics of inarticulacy” to ethics of care in journalism practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-399
Number of pages18
JournalJournalism Practice
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

User-Defined Keywords

  • Bakhtin
  • Charles Taylor
  • dialogue
  • ethics of care
  • ethnic minorities
  • journalism practice

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