The Power of Violence in the Abortion News' Discourse

Ergec N.

ILEF DERGISI, vol.2, no.2, pp.179-201, 2015 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Title of Journal : ILEF DERGISI
  • Page Numbers: pp.179-201


In this study, news discourse on violence is examined through Michel Foucault's conceptualization of bio-power. Discourse on "abortion law" in two daily newspapers in Turkey (Sabah and Zaman) are explored through critical discourse analysis. The concept of violence understood as a violation is regarded as an aspect of refined violence practice and a reflection of bio-power. This study asserts that the power disciplining and regulating everything related to body and population is everywhere and it justifies and normalizes the violence through news discourse.