Investigating the representation of migrants in the UK and Italian press: A cross-linguistic corpus-assisted discourse analysis

Taylor, Charlotte (2014) Investigating the representation of migrants in the UK and Italian press: A cross-linguistic corpus-assisted discourse analysis. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 19 (3). pp. 368-400. ISSN 1384-6655

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Abstract

This paper is a cross-linguistic corpus-assisted discourse study of the representation of migrants in the Italian and UK press and it adopts a two-stage methodological approach. In the first phase, the number of references to nationalities which collocate with refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants, migrants (and Italian equivalents) are calculated and this information is subsequently used to identify any ‘mismatch’ between the amount of attention that migrants from a given country receive in the media and the official population estimates. In the second, and most extensive stage, the representations of the foregrounded nationalities are analysed through the moral panic framework. Results show an extensive negative representation of some groups, but there is no evidence of a fully iterated moral panic relating to any of the nationalities investigated.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: discourse, CADS, corpus-assisted discourse studies, cross-linguistic, representation, migrants
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonisation. Emigration and immigration. International migration > JV6001 Emigration and immigration. International migration
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: Charlotte Taylor
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2014 10:18
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 08:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/50044

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