This issue of Anglistica AION investigates one of the main findings of recent debates on the representation of migration in the media, that is their increased ‘affective labour’, triggering fear, anxiety, vulnerability and alarm about/towards transnational mobility. This “politics of fear” has enormously contributed to the media coverage of climate-induced migrants, whose stories are often framed in apocalyptic, exceptional and alarming tones and thus have a much higher chance of making it in to the headlines than other structural processes of discrimination (Wodak 2015). Indeed, traditional and new media play crucial roles, exercising a strong impact on community relations and matters of hospitality. As Teun van Dijk argued in his seminal work on news and social cognition, people rely heavily on media accounts for their knowledge, beliefs and opinions, which in turn form socially shared knowledge and limited interpretative repertoires (1993). Such limited “repertoires” may condition the social apprehension and response to climate-induced migration, hindering the possibility of transnational solidarity (Blommaert 2012, 12). Hence, the issue provides an overview of the representation of climate-induced migration from critical, theoretical and discourse-analytical point of view.

The Representation of "Exceptional Migrants" in Media Discourse. The Case of Climate-induced Migration
Vol. 21, n. 2 (2017)
Editors: Katherine E. Russo and Ruth Wodak
 
A double blind peer-reviewed journal, published twice a year by Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”'
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Table of Contents

Katherine E. Russo and Ruth Wodak

Introduction:

The Representation of "Exceptional Migrants" in Media Discourse. The Case of Climate-induced Migration  

Essays

Cinzia Bevitori and Jane Helen Johnson

Human Mobility and Climate Change at the Crossroad. A Diachronic Corpus-Assisted Discourse Analysis of the Nexus in UK and US Newspaper Discourse

Massimiliano Demata

Representations of Climate Change Refugees in The Guardian and The New York Times

Mirko Casagranda

Migrants or Refugees? The Discursive Representation of Climate-induced Migration on BBC Online News

Anna Mongibello

Internally Displaced Persons in Canadian News Discourse. The Case of the 2016 Alberta Fires

Antonio Fruttaldo

Climate-induced Migration and International Law. Assessing the Discursive Legal Construction of Climate Refugees

Nina Venkataraman

The Role of Absences in Framing Environmental Refugees in The New York Times

Francesca Vigo

Climate-induced Migrations and Infotainment. The Ultimate Edge of News Construction?

 
Notes on Contributors

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