1st Edition

Solidarity in the Media and Public Contention over Refugees in Europe

    220 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    220 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the ‘European refugee crisis’, offering an in-depth comparative analysis of how public attitudes towards refugees and humanitarian dispositions are shaped by political news coverage.

    An international team of authors address the role of the media in contesting solidarity towards refugees from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Focusing on the public sphere, the book follows the assumption that solidarity is a social value, political concept and legal principle that is discursively constructed in public contentions. The analysis refers systematically and comparatively to eight European countries, namely, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Treatment of data is also original in the way it deals with variations of public spheres by combining a news media claims-making analysis with a social media reception analysis. In particular, the book highlights the prominent role of the mass media in shaping national and transnational solidarity, while exploring the readiness of the mass media to extend thick conceptions of solidarity to non-members. It proposes a research design for the comparative analysis of online news reception and considers the innovative potential of this method in relation to established public opinion research.

    The book is of particular interest for scholars who are interested in the fields of European solidarity, migration and refugees, contentious politics, while providing an approach that talks to scholars of journalism and political communication studies, as well as digital journalism and online news reception.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.tandfebooks.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    1. Introduction: A Divided Europe? Solidarity contestation in the public domain
    2. Part I

    3. Debating solidarity across borders: the public sphere and role of the media
    4. Claims-making analysis and its applications in media and communication studies
    5. Solidarity under siege: The ‘Refugee Crisis’ in the news media
    6. Bottom-up solidarity contestation through social media: How Facebook users respond to political news
    7. Part II

    8. Solidarity Contestation in Switzerland: Fragmented news – fragmented solidarity?
    9. Contesting Refugee Solidarity in Germany - ‘Can We Really Do It?’
    10. Solidarity contestation in Denmark: A national escape from transnational crisis
    11. Solidarity contestation in France: bottom-up polarisation and segmentation
    12. Solidarity contestation in Greece: Standing on n the verge of emergency
    13. Solidarity contestation Italy: a dual debate between regulatory and confrontational discussions
    14. Solidarity contestation in Poland: The categorical denial of responsibility
    15. Solidarity contestation in the UK: Reluctance during political uncertainty
    16. Conclusion: The divided Europe of solidarity contestation


    Manlio Cinalli holds a Chair of Sociology at the University of Milan and is Associate Research Director at CEVIPOF (CNRS – UMR 7048), Sciences Po Paris. He is the author of Political Integration of Muslims in France (Palgrave, 2017), and has published widely on citizenship in international journals.

    Hans-Jörg Trenz is Professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Copenhagen and at ARENA – Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo. His main field of interests are European media and the public sphere, migration and ethnic minorities, cultural and political sociology.

    Verena K. Brändle is Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Communication, University of Vienna and recipient of an International Postdoctoral Grant by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. Her main research interests focus on critical migration studies and political communication.

    Olga Eisele is Postdoctoral Researcher at Vienna University. In her work, she focusses on media discourses, the European Union, crisis communication and the relationship and mutual influence of media and politics.

    Christian Lahusen holds a Chair of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at Siegen University, Germany. His research interests include social theories, political sociology and the sociology of European societies and European integration.