The Criminalisation of Ethnic Groups: An Issue for Media Analysis

Marcello Maneri, Jessika Ter Wal


This paper studies the role of the news media in the criminalisation of ethnic groups, and the relations between criminalisation processes and the racialisation of difference. The claim of the paper is that criminalisation is part of a broader process of social construction, which involves, on the part of the news media, the organisation of topics and issues, as well as processes of label­ling and attribution of (individual or group) traits, meanings, causes, and responsibilities. The paper is structured as follows: first, we present an over­view of different theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of news media discourse, in order to identify indicators of the criminalisation of ethnic groups. Second, we discuss the two main techniques for analysis: content analysis and discourse analysis. We conclude with a short description of possibilities and problems in the design of (comparative) research in this field.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs050391


criminalisation; racialisation; critical discourse analysis; content analysis; news media

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