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‘Othering’ in the news media : are migrants attacking the ‘Fortress Europe’? A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Effects of the 2015/2016 European ‘Refugee Crisis’ on the Image of the Migrant in the German Speaking Print Media

Mensing, Birte (2016) ‘Othering’ in the news media : are migrants attacking the ‘Fortress Europe’? A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Effects of the 2015/2016 European ‘Refugee Crisis’ on the Image of the Migrant in the German Speaking Print Media.

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Abstract:In this paper, the so called ‘refugee crisis’ of 2015/2016 is portrayed as a new phase of print media discourse on migrants and migration. Through Critical Discourse Analysis the facets of the image of the migrant prevalent in the news media in German speaking Central Europe are analyzed. The topics of threat and of culture continue to be persistent but now stress new points. The most pre-eminent new set of topic are that of control, or rather absence of control. As a solution to the ‘crisis’, the print media stress the enforcement of national and external EU borders. This presents the migrant as unwanted and an unequal subject that does not belong inside Europe. To fight prejudice that is continuously emphasized through the media and to establish equality and guarantee humanity and freedom of movement, other solutions than borders need to be developed in the discourse.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70410
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