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Nobody likes the Middle East. There is nothing there to like.: En postkolonial studie av hur Hollywoodfilmer framställer människor från Mellanöstern före och efter 9/11
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Nobody likes the Middle East. There is nothing there to like. : A postcolonial study of how Hollywood films represents people from the Middle East before and after 9/11 (English)
Abstract [en]

This study is a comparative analysis of how Hollywood portrays people from the Middle East before and after 9/11. The films used to conduct this study are True Lies (1994), The Siege (1998), The Kingdom (2007) and Body of Lies (2008). With a qualitative methodology, discourse analysis and postcolonial theory this study analysed not only how people from the Middle East is portrayed, but also how the Americans in the films are presented and how the characters in the films changed in the movies produced after 9/11.

     The results show that people from the Middle East are portrayed in a negative way and that Hollywood uses stereotypes. However, people from the Middle East are more gradated in the films post-9/11. There is a bigger focus on Islam in the movies produced after 9/11 and the study also shows that family values play a less central part in the story in the films made after 9/11 and that work is of more importance. The American characters have a greater need to help their country in the war against terrorists in the films produced after 9/11 compared to the American characters in the films made before 9/11.

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2014. , 71 p.
Keyword [en]
Hollywood, Postcolonial, Orientalism, Discourse, Film, Middle East, Stereotype
Keyword [sv]
Hollywood, Postkolonialism, Orientalism, Diskurs, Film, Mellanöstern, Stereotyp
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-33684OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-33684DiVA: diva2:710948
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
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