The discursive construction of authenticity: The case of Jeremy Corbyn

Mueller, Frank, Whittle, Andrea and Gadelshina, Gyuzel (2019) The discursive construction of authenticity: The case of Jeremy Corbyn. Discourse, Context & Media, 31. p. 100324. ISSN 2211-6958

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In recent years there has been a yearning for a new, more authentic type of political leader: one who is more ‘true’, ‘real’ and ‘honest’. In this paper, we analyse the discourse through which Jeremy Corbyn was framed as an ‘authentic’ leader in the British press during the 2015 Labour party leadership contest. We use an ethnomethodological approach to the study of media texts to investigate the methods used by journalists and commentators to establish authenticity. Our analysis uncovers three methods that were used to establish Corbyn’s authenticity: consistency, atypicality and commitment to beliefs. We conclude by drawing implications from our findings for the search for authenticity in politics and society.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Authenticity, Authentic leadership, Ethnomethodology, Media discourse, Political discourse
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L900 Others in Social studies
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2019 09:59
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 12:17

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