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There has been an extraordinary media output on the issue of Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and antisemitism. Accusations about the Labour party make headlines on a daily basis. Claims that it is ‘institutionally racist’ under Corbyn’s leadership are now common place. In the three years after he became Labour leader there were over five thousand news stories and articles in the national press alone. 

 

The book examines the impact of this coverage on public beliefs about the Labour Party. A poll especially commissioned from Survation shows that on average the public believes that 34% of Labour members have been reported for antisemitism. A key question for the authors is how could so many people come to believe this when the actual figure was far less than one per cent. Shrouded in confusion, hyped by the media, the cool analysis of evidence has been lost.

 

This new study analyses the reality of antisemitism, how it has come to be misunderstood in public debate and the best way to fight all forms of racism.

 

 Reviews

 

'The essays in this book provide evidence and arguments that are deeply troubling for all concerned, and demand careful attention.'

Peter Golding, Emeritus Professor, Northumbria University

 

'At last! Here is a book that rigorously examines the facts behind the allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party. The reality is more shocking, and more surprising, than the headlines in the press would have you believe. Here is the evidence - read it. Then learn the lessons suggested here.'

Ken Loach

 

‘What the careful research reported in this book reveals is a successful disinformation campaign. Anyone who cares for facts needs to read it.’

Colin Leys, honorary professor at Goldsmiths University of London

 

‘Reading this timely book convinces me that the media campaign against antisemitism in the Labour Party is similar to the media onslaught on the ‘loony left’ in the 1980s. Both campaigns connected to some disturbing truths: and both inflated and weaponised these truths for political purposes.’

Professor James Curran, Goldsmiths, University of London

 

'This compelling, thoughtful text is essential reading for everyone on the left wanting to confront antisemitism. It provides a benchmark for future research and strategy when tackling this explosive issue of our time.'

Lynne Segal, Birkbeck University of London

 

The book is available on this link from 20 September 2019. 

 

 

The Glasgow Media Group is composed of scholars and specialists in the area of communications, many of whom worked originally in the Glasgow University Media Unit. They publish collectively under the name of the Glasgow Media Group.

 

Greg Philo is Research Director of the Glasgow University Media Unit and is Professor of Communications and Social Change in the department of Sociology at Glasgow University. 

 

He has led the Media Unit for a period of 30 years and in that time the Unit and the work published by the Media Group has had a substantial impact on the theory and practice of mass communications in this country and abroad.  They have pioneered research methods focusing on the use of language in news and other media formats and have investigated how meanings are established for audiences. Their research methodologies have become models for development and the work of the Unit has had a major impact on the curricula of media and communication studies in the UK and elsewhere. 

 

The influence of this work has extended well beyond the normal boundaries of media/communications studies.  It is used extensively across the social sciences and by researchers in areas such as risk analysis, mental health, discrimination, climate change and other areas of social policy.