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Type: Journal article
Title: Development journalism and revitalisation of familism in Malaysia
Author: Imran, M.A.
Citation: Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, 2022; 1329878X2211222-1329878X2211222
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2022
ISSN: 1329-878X
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Muhammad Asim Imran
Abstract: This paper explores the role of Malaysian media in the revitalisation of familism, which seems to descend in most Asian societies. The examination of news articles published in English-language Malaysian newspapers between 2011–2021 through critical discourse analysis reveals that newspapers in Malaysia are playing a moral guardianship role by warning readers of the slipping of filial responsibility and the dangers of the alternatives. The papers construct a discourse in support of an established social norm of traditional family roles in caring for family members – particularly, elderly people who are on the rise throughout the world – something the government supports as well, as it relieves it of any obligation to elderly citizens. The role of journalists in the rekindling of familial piety can be linked to development journalism that emphasises the media's partnership with the government as care of older family members absolves the government from the cost of care associated with an increasingly ageing population.
Description: OnlinePubl
Rights: © 2022 SAGE Publications
DOI: 10.1177/1329878x221122241
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