Balancing the Frame of Threat: Uninvited Migrants in the Finnish News

20 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2011

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Horsti, Karina, Balancing the Frame of Threat: Uninvited Migrants in the Finnish News (2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1803122 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1803122

Karina Horsti (Contact Author)

University of Jyväskylä ( email )

Seminaarinkatu 30
Jyväskylä, 40100
Finland

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