Crossing Discourses

By: Silvia Frota  

The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, began on January 1st, 2019 after a turmoiled and stressful political process that led to his election. International media coverage on his victory stressed more than once the radical position of Bolsonaro, introduced as a representative of the far-right with all the related implications. Público, a Portuguese mainstream newspaper, wasn’t an exception. In the paper, different representations of Bolsonaro – constructed throughout the news on his first official day in the presidency – are identified and analysed. Bolsonaro’s difficult relationship with the media, swinging from strong criticism to censorship attempts, is also highlighted and counterweighted with the rise of populist discourses. The theoretical and methodological framework relies on critical discourse analysis fed by Culture and Identity Studies, Theories of Nationalism and Media Studies.

Representation, Power, Brazilian Politics, Brazilian Election, Portuguese Media
Media Cultures
Focused Discussion

Silvia Frota

Professor auxiliar convidado, Culture and Communication Program, University of Lisbon / School of Arts and Humanities, Portugal

I hold a BA in Journalism at the Faculty of Social Communication Cásper Líbero, Brazil, and a BA in Law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. I also hold a MA and a PhD in Culture and Communbication at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Currently I'm an assistant professor of Media Language, Theories of Communication and Sociology of Communication at the School of Arts and Humanities (University of Lisbon). My research interests focus on Identity, Nationalism, Culture Studies, Media and Communication, and Critical Discourse Studies.