Scanning Bodies, Stripping Rights? How Do UK Media Discourses Portray Airport Security Measures?

Gregoriou, Christiana and Troullinou, Pinelopi (2012). Scanning Bodies, Stripping Rights? How Do UK Media Discourses Portray Airport Security Measures? In: Gregoriou, Christiana ed. Constructing Crime. Springer, pp. 19–33.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230392083_3

URL: http://doi.org/10.1057/9780230392083_3

Abstract

In light of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, body scanning as an airport security measure has been much featured in the press. Political parties, non-governmental organisations and civil liberties groups have raised concerns over the use of such equipment, underlining potential health risks and abuse of human rights. In response to such concerns, this chapter employs discourse and content analysis to investigate how British broadsheet media texts in particular report, question and/or justify airport security measures, and full body scanning to be exact. Analysing media texts is particularly important where terrorism is concerned, not least because such coverage itself ‘helps define the meaning of terrorist acts’ (Papacharissi and Oliveira 2008:55), also revealing such acts’ underlying reasoning.

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