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The SAGE Handbook of Media and Migration

The SAGE Handbook of Media and Migration

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November 2019 | 700 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Migration moves people, ideas and things. Migration shakes up political scenes and instigates new social movements. It redraws emotional landscapes and reshapes social networks, with traditional and digital media enabling, representing, and shaping the processes, relationships and people on the move. The deep entanglement of media and migration expands across the fields of political, cultural and social life. For example, migration is increasingly digitally tracked and surveilled, and national and international policy-making draws on data on migrant movement, anticipated movement, and biometrics to maintain a sense of control over the mobilities of humans and things. Also, social imaginaries are constituted in highly mediated environments where information and emotions on migration are constantly shared on social and traditional media. Both, those migrating and those receiving them, turn to media and communicative practices to learn how to make sense of migration and to manage fears and desires associated with cross-border mobility in an increasingly porous but also controlled and divided world.

The SAGE Handbook of Media and Migration offers a comprehensive overview of media and migration through new research, as well as a review of present scholarship in this expanding and promising field. It explores key interdisciplinary concepts and methodologies, and how these are challenged by new realities and the links between contemporary migration patterns and its use of mediated processes. Although primarily grounded in media and communication studies, the Handbook builds on research in the fields of sociology, anthropology, political science, urban studies, science and technology studies, human rights, development studies, and gender and sexuality studies, to bring to the forefront key theories, concepts and methodological approaches to the study of the movement of people.

In seven parts, the Handbook dissects important areas of cross-disciplinary and generational discourse for graduate students, early career researcher, migration management practitioners, and academics in the fields of media and migration studies, international development, communication studies, and the wider social science discipline.

Part One: Keywords and Legacies

Part Two: Methodologies

Part Three: Communities

Part Four: Representations

Part Five: Borders and Rights

Part Six: Spatialities

Part Seven: Conflicts

Tabita Rezaire
Prologue: Decolonial Healing
Kevin Smets, Koen Leurs, Myria Georgiou, Saskia Witteborn & Radhika Gajjala
Editorial Introduction: Media and Migration: Research Encounters
Part 1: Keywords
Radha S. Hegde
Chapter 1: Mediation
Roza Tsagarousianou
Chapter 2: Diaspora as a Frame: How the Notion has Reshaped Migration Studies
Sandra Ponzanesi
Chapter 3: Postcolonial Theory
Lilie Chouliaraki & Myria Georgiou
Chapter 4: Borders
Koichi Iwabuchi
Chapter 5: Transnationalism, Inter-nationalism and Multicultural Questions
Eva Midden
Chapter 6: Migration and the post-secular
Miyase Christensen
Chapter 7: Cosmopolitanism in the Anthropocene
Alyssa Fisher, Kaitlyn Wauthier, & Radhika Gajjala
Chapter 8: Intersectionality
Donya Alinejad & Domitilia Olivieri
Chapter 9: Affect, Emotions and Feelings
Dana Diminescu
Chapter 10: Connected Migrants
Linda Leung
Chapter 11: Digital Divides
Melissa Wall
Chapter 12: Information Precarity
Koen Leurs
Chapter 13: Infrastructures
Eugenia Siapera
Chapter 14: The Political Economy of Digital Media, Migration and Race
Kevin Robins
Chapter 15: Beyond Media Studies of Migration
Roopika Risam
Chapter 16: Insurgent Academics
Part 2: Methodologies
Yasmin Gunaratnam
Chapter 17: On Researching Climates of Hostility and Weathering
Karina Horsti
Chapter 18: Refracting the Analytical Gaze: Studying Media Representations of Migrant Death at the Border
Kishonna Gray
Chapter 19: Racializing Space. Gendering Place: Black Feminism, Ethnography, and Methodological Challenges Online and IRL
Katja Kaufmann
Chapter 20: Mobile Methods: Doing Migration Research with the Help of Smartphones
Will L. Allen
Chapter 21: Mobility, Media, and Data Politics
Ahmed Al-Rawi
Chapter 22: Twitter Influentials and the Networked Publics' Engagement with the Rohingya Crisis in Arabic and English
Part 3: Communities
Tori Omega Arthur
Chapter 23: The Performative Digital Africa: iROKOtv, Nollywood Televisuals, and Community Building in the African Digital Diaspora
Lukasz Szulc
Chapter 24: Queer Migration and Digital Culture
Emily Edwards
Chapter 25: Out of Place: Refugees Navigating Nation, Self, and Culture in Former East Germany
Pedro J. Oiarzabal
Chapter 26: (Re)loading Identity and Affective Capital Online: The case of Diaspora Basques on Facebook
Olga Voronova, Liudmila Voronova, & Dmitry Yagodin
Chapter 27: Russophone Diasporic Journalism: Production and Producers in the Changing Communicative Landscape
Irati Agirreazkuenaga & Estitxu Garai-Artetxe
Chapter 28: Airtime and the public sphere: Candela Radio’s contribution to the integration of immigrant communities in the Basque Country
Madhavi Mallapragada
Chapter 29: Recasting Home: Indian Immigrants and the World Wide Web
Jessica Retis
Chapter 30: Migrations and the Media between Asia and Latin America: Japanese Brazilians in Tokyo and Sao Paulo
Part 4: Borders and Rights
Huub Dijstelbloem
Chapter 31: Borders and the Contagious Nature of Mediation
Payal Arora
Chapter 32: The Oromo Movement and Ethiopian Border-making Using Social Media
Léa Macias
Chapter 33: Digital Humanitarianism in a Refugee Camp
Christine Quinan, Dana Theewis, & Cecilia Cienfuegos
Chapter 34: The Politics of Vulnerability and Protection: Analysing the Case of LGBT Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands in Light of Securitization and Homonationalist Discourses
Melissa Chacon
Chapter 35: Young Displaced Women in Colombia and Media Use
Cees Hamelink & Maria Hagan
Chapter 36: Communication Rights for Immigrants
Part 5: Representations
Jacco van Sterkenburg
Chapter 37: Migration, Race/Ethnicity and Sports Media Content
Daniela Beghahn
Chapter 38: Immigrant Families in European Cinema
Kaarina Nikunen
Chapter 39: Breaking the Silence: From Representations of Victims and Threat Towards Spaces of Voice
Rosemary Pennington
Chapter 40: Making Space for Oneself: Minorities and Self-Representation in Popular Media
Leen d'Haenens & Willem Joris
Chapter 41: Representations from a Multi-Stakeholders Perspective: A Research Agenda
Part 6: Spatialities
Saskia Witteborn & Zhuoxiao Xie
Chapter 42: The Migration-Mobility Nexus: The Politics of Interface, Labor and Gender
Nishant Shah
Chapter 43: The Cog that Imagines the System: Data Migration and Migrant Bodies in the Wake of Aadhaar
Nilanjan Raghunath
Chapter 44: Automation versus Nationalism: Challenges to the Future of Work in the Software Industry
Giota Alevizou
Chapter 45: Civic Media, & Placemaking; (Re)Claiming Urban & Migrant Rights Across Digital and Physical Spaces
Amanda Paz Alencar
Chapter 46: Digital Place-Making Practices and Daily Struggles of Venezuelan Refugees in Brazil
Elisabetta Costa & JinXie Wang
Chapter 47: Being at Home on Social Media: Online Place-Making among the Kurds in Turkey and Rural Migrants in China
Sherry Yu
Chapter 48: YouTube as an Intercultural Space: Digital Narratives of Younger-Generation Migrants
Part 7: Conflicts
Gavan Titley
Chapter 49: Racisms, Migration and Media: A Reflection on Mutable Understandings and Shifting 'Problem Populations'
Mattias Ekman
Chapter 50: Anti-Immigrant Sentiments and Mobilization on the Internet
Kumru Berfin Emin Cetin
Chapter 51: National Politics, Transnational Resistance: Alevi Television during the State of Emergency in Turkey (2016-2018)
Christine Ogan
Chapter 52: Diaspora Activism in Host and Home Countries: Motivations, Possibilities and Limits
Idil Osman
Chapter 53: Media, Recognition and Conflict-Generated Diaspora: the Somali Diaspora as a Case Study
Rasha Chatta
Chapter 54: Conflict and Migration in Lebanese Graphic Narratives
Zaina Erhaim, Yazan Badran, & Kevin Smets
Epilogue: On Giving and Being a Voice
Bermal Aydin
Epilogue: Self-Reflections on Migration and Exile

Due to the range of its themes, approaches, voices and contexts, this volume will be an indispensable guide to all scholars working on migration and media, and will furthermore open up a new space for methodological and conceptual reflection on a world in which movement and mediation are two sides of the same coin.

Arjun Appadurai
Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

Scholarship on media and migration research has exploded in recent years. This outstanding volume captures the breadth and urgency of this important and rapidly-evolving work. A must-read for anyone working on media, migration and displacement.

Mirca Madianou
Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

This volume of over 50 chapters traverses enormous terrain in interrogating the entanglements of migration and media, highlighting the politics of encounter and the powerful combinations and permutations that shape contemporary migrant lives across the globe. What is truly excellent is the timely focus on social media, data science and digital technologies, and the impact on knowledge hierarchies and social justice in migration research.

Brenda Yeoh
National University of Singapore

Highlighting questions of power inequalities, processes, and dynamics within the intersections of media and migration, this book is a path-breaking vital and welcome contribution to   migration and media studies. This Handbook provides insights into a central question of both these fields, that of representation and mediation. With careful attention paid to definitions, methodologies, and emerging issues, this book will be invaluable to scholars and students alike.

Nina Glick Schiller
Professor Emeritus, University of Manchester

The Sage Handbook of Media and Migration’ consists of 54 chapters divided into seven parts. It showcases an overview of recent research on media and migration by exploring diverse concepts and methodologies, grounded in media and communication studies, and aided by sociology, anthropology, political science, urban science and technology, human rights, development, and gender and sexuality studies.

By standing against a Eurocentric perspective, the editors have enabled the encounters of researchers from different regions of the world as well as of diverse epistemologies and methodologies in this area of study.

Viviane Riegel
European Journal of Communication

The urgent matter the editors aim to highlight with this work is how questions of mediation and the politics of representation are being led by global and local politics and how the media contribute to the development of acts of xenophobia and the reproduction of far-right ‘crisis’ discourses. By standing against a Eurocentric perspective, the editors have enabled the encounters of researchers from different regions of the world as well as of diverse epistemologies and methodologies in this area of study. This is why the prologue by the artist Tabita Rezaire is an invitation to a healing process, a ‘decolonial healing’, as she labels it.

Viviane Riegel
Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing, São Paulo
European Journal of Communication

This handbook is certainly timely given the number of migration crises around the globe, the rise of xenophobic far-Right political groups, and the ever-increasing role of digital media in both representing these crises and the people caught up in them, and providing an opportunity for the disenfranchised to represent themselves. […] In keeping with the principles of social justice and the ethos of cultural studies and media studies, the collection seeks to counter the Eurocentrism of current media messages about migrants.

S. Clerc
Southern Connecticut State University
Choice Connect

Through this assemblage of scholarship, The Sage Handbook of Media and Migration represents a provocative gaze on the intersection of media and migration in diverse spheres, places, discourses, and narratives that are subject to micro-, meso-, and macro-analyses. In its attempt to critically challenge and resist a Eurocentric perspective, the book imagines new ways of addressing migration and media research that involve academic awareness and decolonial perspectives

Silvia Almenara-Niebla
Universidad de La Laguna
Information, Communication & Society Journal from Routledge

I felt ‘at home’ reading this impressive collection of chapters, stimulated by their findings, diversity of topics and approaches, journeying from one country or refugee site to another, engaging with efforts to map uncertainty, empathizing with both researchers (many migrants themselves) and their study participants. The ‘at home’ feeling stems from the messy duality of meaning an individual may experience as a migrant that was so well captured by researchers in this handbook: at the mercy of institutions who themselves cope with the arrow of time, in the path of intended and unintended consequences of mediated (re)presentations, both agent and object, manifesting defeat and resilience, both a case number and dignifiedly alive.

Elena Gabor
Bradley University
Intellect Ltd. Book Review

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