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Title:Voices from the other side: communication technology, media, and migration
Author(s):Villalobos Romo, Gerardo
Director of Research:Molina, Isabel; Cacho, Lisa
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Molina, Isabel
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Valdivia, Angharad; Nerone, John
Department / Program:Inst of Communications Rsch
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Mass Media
Abstract:This research looks closely on the articulation between media, communication technology, and Latin American migrants. It explores the dialectic between digital and global worlds playing a vital role on migrants’ life and activism. Observing tensions and contradictions, this study analyzes the discursive narratives in three cases: five migrant’s families, two newspapers, and an Internet website. The emphasis on tensions and contradictions is important in this project as it is the discursive narratives media and migrants create. In the narratives analyzed notions of identity, nationalism, culture, community, race, and ethnicity are deployed. Narratives and discourses demonstrate that migrants become produced from the processes of globalization, transnationalism, and hybridization; but at the same time some of them are also acting as social agents trying to transform their lives. The cases analyzed suggest that a historical and transnational approach offer a space to hear Latin American voices contesting mainstream discourses. The political and cultural ‘Other’ is created out of hegemonic ideas, and arguments of dissents are necessary to start crafting an integral map reappraising the different voices that have been silenced by social structures.
Issue Date:2016-04-19
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Gerardo Villalobos-Romo
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-07-07
Date Deposited:2016-05

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