Framing the Syrian Refugee: Divergent Discourses in Three National Contexts

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Focusing on the construction of the “refugee crisis” in mainstream daily newspapers in Sweden, Jordan, and Turkey in 2015, this chapter disentangles the crisis discourse into its specific components. Newspapers in the three countries focused on the “refugee crisis” as a source of concern for policy and politics at the local, national, and global levels. In comparing the discourses in the three contexts, despite their many differences, the analysis shows that the “refugee crisis” is constructed around uncertainties and inabilities to fathom the demands and consequences of such inflows of large numbers of people. Such uncertainties provide the basis on which a sense of moral, communal, or institutional crises become understood as a refugee crisis in different settings.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Sociology


  • media narratives, Refugee crisis, Sweden, Jordan, Turkey, Representation
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Migration Crises
EditorsCecilia Menjvar, Marie Ruiz, Immanuel Ness
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages656
ISBN (Electronic)9780190856939
ISBN (Print)9780190856908
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch