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Impasses of MERCOSUR in the press: editorial discourses and the Brazilian foreign policy for Venezuela in the bloc

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Leandro Almeida Lima
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD)
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Examining board members:
Janina Onuki; Marcelo Passini Mariano; Luís Antonio Paulino
Advisor: Janina Onuki

Media outlets are a political actor of undeniable importance in contemporary societies and, given the scarcity of studies dealing with their role in debating international affairs in Brazil, this research aims to investigate the Brazilian mainstream presss editorial discourse concerning the countrys foreign policy towards the participation of Venezuela in the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR). Specifically, it is intended to answer to the question of to what extent the press behaves as a watchdog in relation to the government by being led by a critical discourse rather than by the filiation to a specific ideology on regional integration. Through the theoretical framework provided by the French Discourse Analysis, the research uses the concepts of ideology, enunciative heterogeneity and interdiscourse to analyze editorials published by Folha de S. Paulo, O Estado de S. Paulo and O Globo about two key episodes of the Venezuelan path through MERCOSUR: its adhesion and posterior suspension from the bloc. In order to reject or not the watchdog hypothesis, the editorial discourse is examined in light of political discourses about the aforementioned episodes in two different moments of the national political context and, consequently, of the official discourse. The comparison of the interdiscursive relationship among the political and editorial discourses showed the filiation of the mainstream press with a pragmatic ideology on regional integration as well as the rejection of the watchdog hypothesis for the analyzed case. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/03174-8 - The contemporary debate about regional integration: the Mercosul and the Pacific Alliance according to the Brazilian press
Grantee:Leandro Almeida Lima
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master