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EVENTS IN/AND DISCOURSE: MEANING DISPUTES IN THE BRAZILIAN AND THE FOREIGN PRESS COVERAGE OF THE OCCUPATION OF A SLUM IN RIO DE JANEIRO BY POLICE FORCES

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Author(s): Andréa RODRIGUES | Lucia Maria Alves FERREIRA

Journal: Signum: Estudos da Linguagem
ISSN 1516-3083

Volume: 16;
Start page: 121;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Memory | city | journalistic discourse.

ABSTRACT
This paper presents an analysis of the ways the occupation of Rocinha, a slum in Rio de Janeiro, by police forces is reported in texts andimages in the online coverage of the newspapers O Globo (Brazil), Clarin (Argentina) and Le Monde (France). The research is based on the theoretical framework of French Discourse Analysis, mainly the concepts of discursive formation, discursive memory (cf. Courtine, 1981); opacity (cf. Orlandi, 1999) and event-words (cf. Moirand, 2008, 2012). The meanings of the events that took place in Rio de Janeiro are regulated by possible current narratives related to the memory of the city and to an immediate context related to the fact that the city will be hosting the 1914 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. The comparison of the discursive production in the above mentioned newspapers aims at identifying the processes of meaning production so as to answer the following questions: a) in which ways can different conditions of discursive production silence certain meanings and promote others in discourse; b) which would be the transparency effects in these newspaper discourses; c) how and why are certain meanings naturalized in some texts and questioned in others?
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