Neighbourhood squabbles or claims of right?: Narratives of conflict on Spanish and Catalan television

Hugh O'Donnell, Enric Castello

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It is in the explanation of conflicts that narratives of confrontation are most clearly deployed. In the definition of the problems, in the roles embodied by the different subjects, in the lexical choices made when referring to territories or symbolic objects, we establish differences in terms of how such confrontations are (to be) understood. These narratives are articulated through structures which work to construct the origin of the problem, the solution, the victim or aggressor and so on. Applying a narratological analysis, the aim of this article is to offer a set of key elements for understanding news constructions of the — essentially political — conflict among nations and regions within Spain. Starting from a study of five cases and a comparison of ten TV news items from both the Spanish (TVE) and the Catalan (TVC) public-service channels concerning recent conflicts, the authors attempt to throw light on the ways in which different and divergent conceptions of the same set of problems are presented from a "national" point of view.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-212
Number of pages22
JournalNarrative Inquiry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • television
  • narratology
  • Spain
  • news narratives
  • political conflict
  • Catalonia


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