DOI: 10.5176/2301-3710_JMComm16.55

Authors: Dr Tendai Chari

Abstract: The study employed a Foucauldian discursive approach was to map out discourses on election violence in two state-owned newspapers, namely, The Herald and The Sunday Mail, and three privately-owned newspapers, namely, The Zimbabwe Independent, The Financial Gazette, and the Daily News. Empirical data were drawn from a corpus of news stories published during the 2000 parliamentary and the 2002 presidential elections. The article argues that press construction of election violence was marked by competing discourses reflective of the rivulets of political and ideological bifurcation and this gave way to anti-democratic discursive strategies which could ]political intolerance among the citizenry.

Keywords: component; Electoral Violence; Discursive Construction; Political Culture; Social Construction; State Fragility; Semi-Structured Interviews Qualitative Analysis; Zimbabwe


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