U.S. Media and Migration

U.S. Media and Migration : Refugee Oral Histories

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Using oral history, ethnography, and close readings of media, Sarah C. Bishop probes the myriad and sometimes conflicting ways refugees interpret and use mediated representations of life in the United States. Guided by 74 refugee narrators from Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, and Somalia, U.S. Media and Migration explores answers to questions such as: What does one learn from media about an unfamiliar place? How does media help or hinder refugees' sense of belonging after relocation? And how does the U.S. government use media to shape refugees' understanding of American norms, standards, and ideals? With insights from refugees and resettlement administrators throughout, Bishop provides a compelling and layered analysis of the interaction between refugees and U.S. media before, during, and long after resettlement.show more

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  • Hardback | 222 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14.22mm | 430g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3 black & white tables
  • 1138947466
  • 9781138947467

About Sarah C. Bishop

Sarah C. Bishop is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College, City University of New York. Bishop's research considers the interaction of media and migration. Much of her published work pertains to the ways immigrants, refugees, and sojourners use and are portrayed in media throughout intercultural transitions. At Baruch, Bishop teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Intercultural Communication, Privilege and Difference, and Digital Media Culture.show more

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"As the world watches with incredulity and shame the harrowing experiences of the latest wave of refugees and national governments do little to respond humanely, US Media and Migration is a timely work. It provides an original and insightful analysis of refugee media use/influence and does so before, during and after their arrival in the U.S. Importantly, it also forefronts the voices of the refugees themselves. Highly recommended." -Simon Cottle, Cardiff University, author of Global Crisis Reporting "Sarah C. Bishop offers a nuanced, well-thought, critical, highly readable and timely analysis of the role of communication, culture, and imagination in one of the most significant processes at work in today's global context: the complex and multivaried encounter between migrants' expectations of their life in the West, and the West's assumption of what they are and what they are supposed to turn into as they pass through the "pressure cooker" of normative Westernization." -Alessandro Portelli, University of Rome, La Sapienza "U.S. Media and Migration is a must read. Underprivileged migration will be on the biggest social problems of this century, and Sarah C. Bishop successfully illustrates how media will play an important role in working on this problem. The 74 interviews with refugees are a great treasure. In this book, Bishop has given these migrants a voice and presence." -Joachim Trebbe, Free University of Berlinshow more

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Refugees as Audiences of US Media in Pre-Arrival Contexts 2. Refugees' Use of Media in Pre-Departure Preparation and Orientations 3. Voluntary and Mandated Media Encounters During Refugees' First Days in the US 4. Media and Refugees' Ongoing Resettlement 5. Conclusionshow more

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