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Symbolic bordering: the self-representation of migrants and refugees in digital news

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2017) Symbolic bordering: the self-representation of migrants and refugees in digital news. Popular Communication, 15 (2). pp. 78-94. ISSN 1540-5702

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Identification Number: 10.1080/15405702.2017.1281415

Abstract

In this article, I combine theorizations of the selfie as an aesthetic and technological practice of digital self-representation with a theatrical conception of spectatorship, inspired by Adam Smith, in order to argue that the selfie has the potential to operate as a significant ethico-political spectacle in the spaces of Western publicity. I exemplify my argument by using the remediation of migrant and refugee selfies in mainstream news as a case study of ‘symbolic bordering’ – as a technology of power that couples the geo-political bordering of migrants in the outskirts of Europe with practices of ‘symbolic bordering’ that appropriate, marginalize or displace their digital testimonies in Western news media.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/hppc20
Additional Information: © 2017 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 17:41
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68928

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