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Media and Public Attitudes Toward Migration in Europe
A Comparative Approach




ISBN 9780367857820
Published July 7, 2021 by Routledge
248 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This comparative volume provides a comprehensive cross-national account of media coverage and public attitudes toward migration both within and into the European Union.

Using empirical research from across Germany, Hunary, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, Media and Public Attitudes Toward Migration in Europe offers an in-depth exploration of one of the most prominent social and political topics of the decade in Europe. Drawing on a large scale, cross-national panel survey, experiments, and media content analysis of migration discourse in both traditional news media and social media, expert contributors from across the continent investigate topics such as the linguistic features of migration coverage, the public perception of migrants, and the effects of journalistic communication strategies. Other topics addressed include a discussion of news framing effects on migration coverage and politicians’ postings on social media coverage about the issue.

This is a valuable resource for academics, students, and policymakers interested in media coverage of migration, news framing effects, and public attitudes to migration generally.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction

1. Setting the stage: Understanding media discourses about and public attitudes toward migration in Europe

Jesper Strömbäck, Christine Meltzer, Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Christian Schemer, and Hajo G. Boomgaarden


2. How to investigate media discourse about and public attitudes toward migration in Europe: Our approach
Fabienne Lind and Tobias Heidenreich

Part II. Public Attitudes Toward Migration within and into Europe

3. Mapping public attitudes toward immigration within and into Europe

Hajo G. Boomgaarden and Christine E. Meltzer

4. The influence of self-interested and sociotropic perceptions on immigration attitudes

Christine E. Meltzer

5. Mobile in Europe: Effects of mobility attitudes and experiences on attitudes toward freedom of movement

Fabienne Lind and Christine E. Meltzer

Part III. Media Discourse about migration within and into of Europe

6. Mapping media coverage of migration within and into Europe

Jakob-Moritz Eberl and Sebastian Galyga


7. Linguistic features of migration coverage in European mass media

Sebastian Galyga and Fabienne Lind

8. Political elites’ migration discourses on social media

Tobias Heidenreich and Jakob-Moritz Eberl

Part IV. Media effects on public attitudes toward migration within and into Europe

9. Media effects on attitudes toward immigration: Political sophistication as a shield

Jakob-Moritz Eberl and Christine E. Meltzer

10. Miscounting the others: Media effects on perceptions of the immigrant population size
Christine E. Meltzer and Christian Schemer

11. How news frames affect immigration attitudes: Perceptions and emotions as underpinning mechanisms?
Nora Theorin

Part V. Conclusions

12. Summary and conclusions: Media discourse about and public attitudes toward migration within and into Europe
Jesper Strömbäck, Christine E. Meltzer, Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Hajo G. Boomgaarden, and Christian Schemer

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Editor(s)

Biography

Jesper Strömbäck is Professor of Journalism and Political Communication at the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Gothenburg. His research focuses on political communication, political news journalism, and opinion formation.

Christine E. Meltzer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Communication, University of Mainz. She does research in the field of political communication, with a focus on migration, violence, and gendered aspects of media representation.

Jakob-Moritz Eberl is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Communication, University of Vienna. He does research in the field of political communication, with a focus on media bias, electoral research, and media effects.

Christian Schemer is Professor of Communication at the Department of Communication, Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. His research interests include political communication and political media effects.

Hajo G. Boomgaarden is Professor of Empirical Social Science Methods with a focus on text analysis at the Department of Communication, University of Vienna. His research looks at various aspects of political communication and media effects, applying and evaluating advanced computational methods.