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Covering the Two Amigos: Neo-colonial representations of Canada and Mexico in their national press


Covering the Two Amigos: Neo-colonial representations of Canada and Mexico in their national press

Capurro, Gabriela (2011) Covering the Two Amigos: Neo-colonial representations of Canada and Mexico in their national press. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis explores the ways in which Mexican and Canadian print journalism reflect, through the use of a neo-colonial discourse, the power imbalances that characterises these countries’ bilateral relationship. Mexico and Canada are partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which also includes the U.S. The alliance has deep asymmetries in economic power and development between signatories, and Canada and Mexico’s lack of common interests limits their diplomatic relationship to economic activities. A symptom of this is the underrepresentation Mexico and Canada have in each other’s national media, with coverage limited mostly to problematic events involving both countries.
I argue that representations in the Canadian and Mexican press about the other nation reflect the power asymmetries of their bilateral relationship and, thus, maintain a neo-colonial discourse, which perpetuates the current power structures by reinforcing racism, xenophobia, otherness and exploitation.
Through quantitative and qualitative analyses of the coverage of three events during 2009 that created moments of tension between Canada and Mexico this study examines how asymmetric international power relations are expressed through a neo-colonial discourse in the media and, thus, advances an explanation of the media’s role in perpetuating otherness and xenophobia, and its impact on the perception of the bilateral relationship between Mexico and Canada.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Journalism
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Capurro, Gabriela
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Journalism Studies
Date:26 July 2011
Thesis Supervisor(s):Lynch, Lisa
Keywords:Postcolonialism, Neo-colonialism, media representations, Canada, Mexico, NAFTA, diplomatic relations.
ID Code:7789
Deposited On:21 Nov 2011 14:40
Last Modified:10 Jan 2012 13:35
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