Narrative production in the media arena
Work Package 3
April 2020 – July 2022
Work Package 3 investigates how migration narratives are produced, circulated, and reacted in the media and social media at the local and national levels. To this end, this WP:
- Identifies the main dynamics in the process of narrative-making and assesses the role of stakeholders in the struggle over the control of the public agenda.
- Analyses why some narratives succeed over others and the textual, contextual, and circumstantial factors that enable it.
- Pinpoints the differences in these dynamics and actors between countries characterised by different media systems.
- Assesses the differences between events at the local or national level and between different types of events in terms of stakeholders, dynamics, and mechanisms of rescaling from the local to the national arena.
WP3 conducts a comparative analysis of the six European countries covered by the project: France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. To do so, it identifies three events occurred in each of these countries since 2014, corresponding to three different sub-topics within migration and integration narratives. It then carries out mixed qualitative and quantitative analysis of media and social media content, as well as interviews with relevant national stakeholders.
As a result, seven Working Papers are produced: six of them focusing on each of the countries covered by the study and one adopting a cross-national comparative perspective. A workshop with media and social media platforms is also organised to discuss why some narratives become dominant over others in the (social) media.
Led by: FIERI (Marcello Maneri).