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Investigating Conflict Discourses in the Periodical Press

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Edited By Giuliana Elena Garzone, Mara Logaldo and Francesca Santulli

The contributions collected in this book deal with the representation of conflict in the periodical press, which has often been an arena of adversarial stances, staged and enacted either within the same publication or enlarged to involve various newspapers and magazines in a series of provocations and replies. Underlying all the contributions is the awareness that the periodical press provides an ideal terrain for research on the discursive representation of conflict, having the prerogative to combine insight with a constant updating of the debate. The issue is approached in an interdisciplinary perspective, bringing linguistics and discourse analysis with Periodical Studies, hence highlighting the connection between language and ideology. The focus on lexical choices and rhetorical devices used to tackle current controversial issues such as Brexit, immigration, violence in sports, policies regarding health and food, women’s role and legal matters ultimately transcends national boundaries to become more widely representative of today’s discourses of conflict.

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Conflict and Supremacy in Chinese Sports News Commentaries: A Case Study

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1 China as a ‘danger’ for European football

“The Chinese market is a danger for all—for all the teams in the world. But we must concentrate on our work and not think that in China there is a lot of money and they can arrive to take the players.” This was the opinion expressed by Chelsea Football Club’s Italian coach Antonio Conte at a press conference in December 2016 in reaction to the announcement that Brazilian midfielder Oscar had been bought by Shanghai SIPG for over 60 million pounds (Law 2016). The move, which would deprive Chelsea of a key talent, happened during a shopping spree when, over the winter market window, Chinese Superleague (中国足球超级联赛) clubs such as Shanghai SIPG, Guangzhou Evergrande and Jiangsu Suning spent vast amounts of money buying football stars from European clubs. The phenomenon included acquisitions of shares in European football clubs such as Nice, Aston Villa, Atlético Madrid and Birmingham City and was referred to in Chinese media with the expression “买买买” (Tao 2016), a string that, by repeating the verb ‘to buy’, suggests the idea of a ‘buying fever’.

Antonio Conte’s emphasis on the concept of ‘danger’ inadvertently echoed the metaphor of the ‘Yellow Peril’, which developed in the 19th century to suggest that the peoples of East Asia are a danger to the Western countries (Shim 2014; Tchen/Yeats 2014; Witwer 2015). The possibility that China’s money would change the power order of the world’s football market was...

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