Migration and Media

Discourses about identities in crisis

| Utrecht University
| University of East Anglia
ISBN 9789027202475 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027262707 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
The socio-discursive landscape surrounding the migration debate is characterised by a growing sense of crisis in both personal and collective identities. From this viewpoint, discourses about immigration are also always attempts at reconstructing the threatened ‘home identity’ of the respective host society. It is such attempts at reasserting identity-in-crisis (due to migration) that are the focus of the volume Migration and Media: Discourses about identities in crisis. This four-part book explores the representational strategies used to frame current migration debates as crises of identity, collective and individual. It features fourteen case-studies of varying sets of data including print media texts, TV broadcasts, online forums, politicians’ speeches, legal and administrative texts, and oral narratives, drawn from discourses in a range of languages – Croatian, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Ukrainian – , and it employs different discourse-analytical methods, such as Argumentation and Metaphor Analysis, Gendered Language Studies, Corpus-assisted Semantics and Pragmatics, and Proximization Theory. Such a diverse range of sources, languages, and approaches provides innovative methodological and theoretical analysis on migration and identity which will be of interest to scholars, students, and policy makers working in the fields of migration studies, media studies, identity studies, and social and public policy.
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Table of Contents
Ruth Wodak
Introduction: Migration and crisis identity
Andreas Musolff and Lorella Viola
Part I. Framing migration as a crisis of identity I
Chapter 1. A comparative analysis of the keyword multicultural(ism) in French, British, German and Italian migration discourse
Melani Schröter, Marie Veniard, Charlotte Taylor and Andreas Blätte
Chapter 2. Polentone vs terrone : A discourse-historical analysis of media representation of Italian internal migration
Lorella Viola
Chapter 3. Featuring immigrants and citizens: A comparison between Spanish and English primary legislation and administration information texts (2007–2011)
Purificación Sánchez, Pilar Aguado-Jimenez and Pascual Pérez-Paredes
Part II. Framing migration as a crisis of identity II
Chapter 4. A humanitarian disaster or invasion of Europe? 2015 migrant crisis in the British press
Zeynep Cihan Koca-Helvacı
Chapter 5. Aspects of threat construction in the Polish anti-immigration discourse
Piotr Cap
Chapter 6. Gender, metaphor and migration in media representations: Discursive manipulations of the Other
Liudmila Arcimaviciene
Part III. Multimodal crisis communication
Chapter 7. Practical reasoning and metaphor in TV discussions on immigration in Greece: Exchanges and changes
Eleni Butulussi
Chapter 8. The Great Wall of Europe: Verbal and multimodal portrayals of Europe’s migrant crisis in Serbian media discourse
Nadežda Silaški and Tatjana Đurović
Chapter 9. Representations of the 2015/2016 “migrant crisis” on the online portals of Croatian and Serbian public broadcasters
Ljiljana Šarić and Tatjana Radanović Felberg
Chapter 10. Representation of unaccompanied migrant children from Central America in the United States: Media vs. migrant perspectives
Theresa Catalano and Jessica Mitchell-McCollough
Part IV. Online debates about migration
Chapter 11. Displaced Ukrainians: Russo-Ukrainian discussions of victims from the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine
Ludmilla A'Beckett
Chapter 12. Preaching from a distant pulpit: The European migrant crisis seen through a New York Times editorial and reader comments
Michael S. Boyd
Chapter 13. Discourses of immigration and integration in German newspaper comments
Janet M. Fuller
Chapter 14. “They have lived in our street for six years now and still don’t speak a work [!] of English” Scenarios of alleged linguistic underperformance as part of anti-immigrant discourses
Andreas Musolff
Notes on contributors
“Analysing media coverage of migrants is intrinsically interesting, particularly because by influencing both the public and policy makers, it significantly impacts on the way that migrants and the host society interact. Migrants are often depicted in the media as a burden to the host societies, or blamed for complex socio-economic problems, but what we realised by analysing media discourse was that host societies are seen more and more as being threatened in their core existence by “migrants”, “asylum seekers”, and “refugees”. These categories often blend into each other to form one threatening entity. Understanding how migrants are represented in the media is therefore key to understand the growing sense of crisis in both personal and collective identities that dominates the socio-discursive landscape of migration. And this is precisely the focus of this volume.”
“Drawing on a diverse range of methods and data sets, the contributors to this collection provide an in-depth investigation of migrant discourse that highlights the crucial role of language in constructing a causal relationship between migration and national identities in crisis. In short, this collection sheds new light on a timely topic that will likely remain significant for years to come.”
“The volume Migration and Media appeals undoubtedly to a variety of academic disciplines beyond linguistics: researchers in migration, ethnic and area studies, anthropology, history, politics and sociology can find valuable insights and inspiration for their research.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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