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Social Science Discrimination & Race Relations


Media and the Coverage of Race in Canadian Politics

by (author) Erin Tolley

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2015
Discrimination & Race Relations, General, Civics & Citizenship
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    Dec 2015
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    Publish Date
    Dec 2015
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2016
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Framed is a wake-up call for those who think that race does not matter in Canada. The first book on the media’s coverage of race in Canadian politics, it provides an empirical analysis of print media combined with in-depth interviews of elected officials, former candidates, political staffers, and journalists. While there may be few examples of overt racism in newspapers, Erin Tolley reveals how racial assumptions and narratives frame news stories and the experiences of those who enter political life. Connecting the dots, she argues that current reporting trends are weakening Canada’s commitment to a robust, inclusive democracy.

About the author

Erin Tolley is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University.

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  • Short-listed, Donald Smiley Prize, CPSA

Editorial Reviews

Erin Tolley’s Framed is competently written, comprehensively researched, persuasive, fact-laden, and characterized by a sound interpretation of data which supports its theme … Framed is a great contribution to the literature on race at the intersection of media and politics

Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

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