Migration and Media
by Viola / Musolff Published by John Benjamin
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 is a four-part book which explores a range of representational strategies used to frame migration as a crisis of identity. It features fourteen case-studies of varying sets of data (print media texts, TV broadcasts, online forums, politicians' speeches, legal and administrative texts, oral narratives), drawn from discourses in a range of languages - Croatian, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Ukrainian -, and employing different discourse-analytical methods, such as Argumentation and Metaphor Analysis, Gendered Language Studies, Corpus-assisted Semantics and Pragmatics, and Peroxidization 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.