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Media setting the agenda: The various shapes of media othering 

Media setting the agenda: The various shapes of media othering
Media setting the agenda: The various shapes of media othering

Elisabeth Eide

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date: 07 May 2021

Media play an important role in representing people with minority background, migrants and refugees. This chapter addresses how this representation may affect their lives and well-being in Europe, and more particularly in Norway. Currently, the multitude of media platforms seems to open up for increasing polarization in a fragmented public sphere. Simultaneously we witness an increased diversity of media actors, partially reflecting societal diversity. The levels of negative media representation of migrants, as well as serious threats and harassment, may contribute to individual withdrawals from the public sphere, and thus from democratic participation. Such representation may also enhance negative self-images and feelings of non-belonging and exclusion. Furthermore, a lack of media contextualization of the current migrant/refugee situation and the drivers behind it may encourage narratives where those suffering the consequences of war, conflict, and global inequality may be regarded as the ones to blame.

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