Event date:
29 August 2017
All seminars take place at 12.30 pm on Tuesdays in the ACMS Seminar Room, SH 2163, SE Wing, Second floor, Senate House, East Campus (unless otherwise indicated).
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Kuda Vanyoro

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The issue of media representation of immigrants is particularly pertinent today, given the current anti-immigrant sentiment in parts of Europe and the United States. In South Africa, negative attitudes towards foreigners are common and media discursive descriptions of immigrants as illegal, undocumented or a dangerous threat is typical. This study, conducted by the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa, utilises quantitative tools of analysis to explore the media coverage of immigration in the South African media. The data, comprising of over 5,000 relevant media articles, was drawn in annual tranches for the period 2011–2015. The findings identify significant patterns that are consistent with extant literature on media constructions of foreigners as “illegal immigrants.” Other findings relating to “shop” and “trade” references offer evidence of the complex and at times contradictory nature of public discourses on immigration. Media narratives go as far as to suggest that foreign-owned shops are fronts to conceal “drug-dealing” and other “illicit activities.”

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