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Social Media and the Changing Discourse of Immigration

DOI: 10.15340/978-625-00-9894-3_11

Published: 2021 | Pages: 225 - 239

Serdar Tuncer
AMLAC&S, University of Ottawa, Department of Communication, Ottawa, Canada

serdartun@gmail.com

Boulou Ebanda De B’béri
AMLAC&S, University of Ottawa, Department of Communication, Ottawa, Canada

ddboulou@uottawa.ca

This study analyzes the prevalent discourses surrounding the most prominent immigrant group in Turkey – Syrian refugees. Here, the focus is on the shift from a discourse of ‘welcoming guest’ into one that now qualifies Syrian refugees as ‘privileged guest’; a new terminology that also reflects the changing of Turkey’s political landscape. To do so, this study mobilizes fact-checking platforms through a Discourse Historical Analysis (DHA) approach to highlight the underlying meaning articulated towards Syrian refugees in Turkey today. The analysis shows that the ‘privileged discourse’ toward Syrian refugees in Turkey has two main trivets: ‘Economic’ and ‘Social Welfare’.

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Boulou Ebanda de B’béri is Founding Director of the Audiovisual Media Lab for the Studies of Cultures and Societies (AMLAC&S), and Professor of Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies at the University of Ottawa. He was Visiting Scholar at University of California, Santa Barbara, Northeastern University in Boston, KwaZulu Natal University in Durban, South Africa, and Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. His awards include Ottawa University Faculty of Arts Professor of the Year Award, a Canadian Foundation for Innovation Fund, and the Van Horne Prize. He has published in journals including Cultural Studies, Critical Arts, and Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. His books include Mapping Alternative Expressions of Blackness in Cinema and Au-delà Discours l’Expérience du “Verbe” dans les Cinémas d’Afrique Noire. His current research analyzes the 19th century Canadian Black Press, cultural representation, and articulations of identity-politics in audiovisual narratives produced in Africa, the Americas, and Australia, focusing on specific cultures and groups negotiating colonialism.

 

Serdar Tunçer holds a Ph.D. in Communications and Public Relations from the University of Istanbul. His thesis mobilizes storytelling methodology and discourse analysis of crisis communication. He is currently a Research Associate at the University of Ottawa’s Audiovisual Media Lab for the study of Cultures and Societies (AMLAC&S) as well as a Research Assistant for Imagining Canada’s Digital Twin (ICDT) project at Carleton University. His study, Reinterpreting Crisis Communications in the Post-Truth Era, is published in the journal, Moment Dergi -- Journal of Cultural Studies. His current research consists of three fields and the interconnectivity between them: First, human mobility, social media and the spread of misinformation, second, decision-making for complex systems, and, third, trust and storytelling in Artificial Intelligence.

 

Cite this chapter as:

Tuncer, S., & De B'béri, B.E. (2021). Social Media and the Changing Discourse of Immigration In: Bakan U. & Lengel M. L. (eds) Social Media Archaeology from Theory to Practice (pp. 225-239). MacroWorld Pub. https://doi.org/10.15340/978-625-00-9894-3_11

 

Tuncer, S., & De B'béri, B.E. (2021). Social Media and the Changing Discourse of Immigration In: Bakan U. & Lengel M. L. (eds) Social Media Archaeology from Theory to Practice (pp. 215-229). MacroWorld Pub. https://doi.org/10.15340/978-625-00-9894-3_11


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