This volume identifies empirical sites and methodological frames for approaching the construction of migration as a public problem. Starting from the premise that transnationalism becomes structural in setting the public agenda, the authors explore topics and arguments on migration in media and political discourses, as well as the ways migrants and non-migrants recontextualize these discourses in the process of making sense of migration, as a matter of citizenship and policy action.
Camelia Beciu is Professor at the University of Bucharest and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Romanian Academy. She has published extensively on the media construction of public problems (in particular, migration), political communication, and the public sphere.
Malina Ciocea is Reader at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), Bucharest, and is currently leading the Laboratory: Communication, Discourse, Public Problems (CoDiPo) of the Centre for Research in Communication. Her main research interests are the dynamics of the Romanian diaspora and the memory of communism in young generations.
Irina Diana Madroane is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the West University of Timi¿oara. She specializes in critical discourse analysis and the study of media discourse, and has done extensive research on the construction of migrant identities in public discourses.
Alexandru I. Cârlan is Lecturer at the SNSPA, Bucharest, and a member of the CoDiPo Laboratory. His research contributes to the fields of discourse analysis, rhetoric, and argumentation theory, focusing on migration or public memory as main topics.
Acknowledgments - Camelia Beciu/Malina Ciocea/Irina Diana Madroane/Alexandru I. Cârlan: Introduction: Intra-EU Labor Migration and Transnationalism in Media Discourses: A Public Problem Approach - Part 1. Intra-EU Labor Migration in the Media of the Sending Country: Between Instrumentalization and Empowerment - Camelia Beciu/Mirela Lazar: Migration and Country Status: The Rearticulation of Identities Through Media Counter-Discourses - Malina Ciocea/Alexandru I. Cârlan: Debating Migration: Diasporic Stances in Media Discourse - Alina Dolea: The Impact of Migration on the Construction of Romania's Country Image: Two Intersecting Public Problems - Part 2. Intra-EU Labor Migration and Deliberative Practices in the Public Sphere - Alexandru I. Cârlan/Malina Ciocea: Media Deliberation on Intra-EU Migration: A Qualitative Approach to Framing Based on Rhetorical Analysis - Irina Diana Madroane: Romanian Immigration in the British Newspapers: Engaging Audiences During the Brexit Referendum Campaign - Part 3. Identity Negotiation in the Transnational Field: Agency and Discourse - Irina Diana Madroane: Migrant Identities and Practices in Media Advocacy Campaigns: The Construction of Claims and Audiences - Nicolae Perpelea: Media Hospitality to Diasporactivism and Diasporapathy in the News Community - Camelia Beciu: "Here" and "There": Identity-Building Strategies in Debates with Non-Migrants - Camelia Beciu/Malina Ciocea/Irina Diana Madroane/Alexandru I. Cârlan: Final Remarks: Media, Migration, and Transnational Practices - About the Contributors - Index.
"Debating Migration as a Public Problem: National Publics and Transnational Fields is a valuable addition to existing literature in English that addresses intra-EU migration with a focus on discourse, especially media discourse. It brings together papers written by established Romanian scholars, which are based upon several years of intense and high-quality research. The studies complement the prevailing bias, in current research, toward the perspective of the `host' countries by taking a transnational approach to the construction of Romanian migration in the public sphere of the 'sending' country."
-Norman Fairclough, Emeritus Professor, Lancaster University, UK