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An analysis of fact construction in the EU referendum

Marsh, Amy (2018) An analysis of fact construction in the EU referendum. Masters thesis, York St John University.

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Abstract

The current study analysed the process of fact construction within data collected from debates during the 2016 EU referendum campaign. Using discourse analysis, this research highlighted three key ways in which facts were constructed. First, consensus and expert opinion was found to be used to both validate and undermine the facticity of accounts. Next, the claim that the UK sends £350 million to the EU was presented as representing a core reality of the debate, with this working to excuse any factual errors. Finally, speakers appealed to notions of common-sense and practicality in order to construct their anti- immigration views as being fair and reasonable. These findings corresponded with much of the current discursive literature regarding fact construction, and provide a detailed insight into political discourse in the so-called ‘post-truth’ era.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Status: Submitted
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
School/Department: School of Psychological & Social Sciences
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3685

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