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Conflicto, hegemonia y nacionalismo tutelado en Colombia 2002-2008: Entre la comunicacion gubernamental y la ficcion noticiosa de television

Lopez de la Roche, Fabio (2009) Conflicto, hegemonia y nacionalismo tutelado en Colombia 2002-2008: Entre la comunicacion gubernamental y la ficcion noticiosa de television. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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"CONFLICT, HEGEMONY AND DEPENDENT NATIONALISM IN COLOMBIA 2002-2008: BETWEEN GOVERNMENTAL COMMUNICATION AND FICTIONALIZED TELEVISION NEWS"Fabio López de la Roche, PhDUniversity of Pittsburgh, 2009This dissertation explores two key components in the contemporary production of hegemony in Colombia: presidential discourse and television news narratives.Analyzing the Álvaro Uribe Vélez administration's policy of "democratic security" and its communications, the author highlights its articulation with an authoritarian and regressive "patriotic" presidential discourse, which attempts to re-narrate the Colombian history of the last fifty years by turning guerrilla movements, especially FARC, into a scapegoat for all national and local problems. Appealing to the population's feelings of fear and hatred of the FARC (a result of its practice of kidnapping), President Uribe Vélez succeeded in reorienting the affective attention of Colombian public opinion against that guerrilla movement. The FARC, conceived of as the major public enemy, has thus contributed to uniting the government and population around a right-wing political project. The author also points out the ambiguous nature of Uribe Vélez's nationalism, characterized by the presence of traditionalist Colombian symbols and values and by its unconditional subordination to the George W. Bush administration's hemispheric policy.The dissertation includes a case study of the representation in the television news program "Noticias Caracol" of the January 11, 2008 liberation of Clara Rojas and Consuelo González, two Colombian hostages kidnapped by the FARC guerrilla group. The analysis allows the author to address questions of both pluralism and homogeneity in television news, the relationships between hegemony, "preferred readings," the "realistic" presence of fiction and dramatic strategies in the news, and the use of audiences' feelings about the phenomenon of kidnapping in manufacturing television stories.The dissertation represents an interdisciplinary research project inscribed among the fields of communication studies, journalism studies, critical analysis of discourse, narratologic inquiry, and political studies. The author uses a wide variety of sources: television news broadcasts; personal field notes of analysis of television news programs; journalistic reports on the Colombian conflict; newspapers; magazines; academic journals; and electronic magazine and newspaper articles. The dissertation is addressed to specialists as well to a wider public interested in the relationships between mass media discourse, hegemony, and political culture.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lopez de la Roche, Fabiofal15@pitt.eduFAL15
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHerlinghaus, Hermannhxh@pitt.eduHXH
Committee MemberEvans,
Committee MemberBeverley, Johnbrq@pitt.eduBRQ
Committee MemberDuchesne Winter, Juanduchesne@pitt.eduDUCHESNE
Date: 17 June 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 16 April 2009
Approval Date: 17 June 2009
Submission Date: 23 April 2009
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hegemony; Jounalism; Political Culture; Mass Communications; Television
Other ID:, etd-04232009-180428
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:41
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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