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The Politics of Selectivity : Online Newspaper Coverage of Refugees Entering Canada and the United States


JAWORSKY Bernadette Nadya

Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords media; cultural sociology; deservingness; United States; Canada
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Description While scholarly work on Europe’s latest “refugee crisis” has blossomed, less attention has focused on the U.S. and Canada. My research centers on newspaper coverage of refugees entering these two countries, before and after the Paris terrorist attacks of November 13, 2015. I conduct a comparative, cultural sociological analysis of 318 online news articles, reconstructing a system of meaning I call The Politics of Selectivity, in which refugees are portrayed as un/deserving of resettlement. A deep, interpretive reading of the data reveals three dimensions of this political arena in which explicit, implicit, and conditional criteria for accepting refugees are articulated.
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