Balancing the Frame of Threat: Uninvited Migrants in the Finnish News
20 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2011
Date Written: 2010
This chapter analyzes Finnish news journalism concerning asylum seekers and undocumented migration. It focuses on 'the variety of others', the media not only construct a division between 'us' and 'them,' but also create varieties of 'others.' The solution to the problems related to otherness is not, however, to recognize that we are all different, as the currently popular discourse that celebrates 'cultural diversity' often claims. This chapter scrutinizes the frames of 'threat' and 'victim' which are typical of the media’s coverage of asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. To identify the narrative, I have analyzed what is defined as problems and what is offered as the causes of and solutions to these. In addition to the development of a narrative, I have analyzed the words and sentences, i.e. the framing device. This level of analysis helps analyze the narrative level.
Keywords: asylum seekers, immigration, media, news journalism, frame analysis
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