Lorella Viola, Andreas Musolff (eds.) (2019): Migration and Media. Discourses about identities in crisis. Amsterdam: Benjamins – ISBN: 9789027202475


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


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