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Media representations of Islam and international Muslim student well-being

Media representations of Islam and international Muslim student well-being
Media representations of Islam and international Muslim student well-being
This paper presents findings from a qualitative study of British media representations of Islam. It offers a contribution to the literature on the international student sojourn by focusing on the unique experiences of the Muslim segment of that student body. International Muslim students perceived Muslim countries to be portrayed by the media as: (1) sympathetic to terrorism; (2) economically backward; (3) conservative. They believed that these representations led Muslims to be viewed by members of the host community with suspicion. This carried consequences for students’ self-esteem and sense of cultural identity. In order to correct misrepresentations portrayed by the media, some students took on the role of ambassador to promote the true face of Islam
0883-0355
50-58
Brown, Lorraine
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Brown, Joanne
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Richards, Barry
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Brown, Lorraine
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Brown, Joanne
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Richards, Barry
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Brown, Lorraine, Brown, Joanne and Richards, Barry (2015) Media representations of Islam and international Muslim student well-being. International Journal of Educational Research, 69, 50-58. (doi:10.1016/j.ijer.2014.10.002).

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This paper presents findings from a qualitative study of British media representations of Islam. It offers a contribution to the literature on the international student sojourn by focusing on the unique experiences of the Muslim segment of that student body. International Muslim students perceived Muslim countries to be portrayed by the media as: (1) sympathetic to terrorism; (2) economically backward; (3) conservative. They believed that these representations led Muslims to be viewed by members of the host community with suspicion. This carried consequences for students’ self-esteem and sense of cultural identity. In order to correct misrepresentations portrayed by the media, some students took on the role of ambassador to promote the true face of Islam

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 October 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 November 2015
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 380512
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/380512
ISSN: 0883-0355
PURE UUID: fdcf3a06-1f5e-48c3-b333-797bda7b41c5
ORCID for Joanne Brown: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3383-8809

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Date deposited: 11 Sep 2015 11:08
Last modified: 28 Oct 2019 20:42

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