Rui Pedro Fonseca

The Presence of Carnism on Portuguese Television

By, Rui Pedro Fonseca, Researcher Integrated into the Center for Research and Studies in Sociology


This paper presents the results of a research about carnism on Portuguese television. It begins by presenting a case study of MasterChef program (TVI) which conveys carnism in both practice and language, and from which are described some characteristics of their dominant practices.

Subsequently are presented indicators of the presence of carnism the Portuguese broadcast programming between 2013 and 2014, in TVI, RTP1 and SIC channels. The data reveals that there is an hegemony of the carnist ideology in the main channels of the Portuguese television. Also, in the collected and displaying samples, there is no mention of the impacts of carnism in its various dimensions (non-human animals, the environment, human health and sustainability).


Rui Pedro Fonseca (Portugal) // Researcher integrated into the Center for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL) and fellow in postdoctoral degree. Research founded by the Foundation for Science and Technology. Advising by José Jorge Barreiros (CIES-IUL) and João Teixeira Lopes (ISFLUP).