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Sinking strangers: media representations of climate refugees on the BBC and Al Jazeera

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dc.contributor.author Høeg, Elida
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-16T11:31:36Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-16T11:31:36Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/33253
dc.description Tutor: Christopher David Tulloch
dc.description.abstract This study seeks to investigate the media representations of climate refugees in two global media outlets: The BBC and Al Jazeera. An exhaustive sample of the online coverage from 2000 until 2017 has been gathered and examined through a content analysis guided by framing theory and multimodal critical discourse analysis. After reviewing the 29 news stories, this paper finds that climate refugees are framed in four ways: As victims, security threats, activists and abstractions. In both media outlets, climate refugees are aggregated, collectivized and made generic – and their situation is deagentialized. The study concludes that the BBC mainly talks about climate refugees instead of talking to them, and that this has an impact on the climate refugees’ depicted agency. Al Jazeera quotes more climate refugees in their journalistic coverage, and this allows the reader to understand and empathize. However, both media outlets tend to represent climate refugees as «third world others»: as sinking strangers.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other Immigrants en els mitjans de comunicació de massa
dc.subject.other British Broadcasting Corporation
dc.subject.other Al Jazeera (Emissora de televisió)
dc.subject.other Emigració i immigració -- Cobertura periodística
dc.subject.other Canvis climàtics -- Aspectes socials
dc.title Sinking strangers: media representations of climate refugees on the BBC and Al Jazeera
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

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