Jessica Retis

Jessica Retis
The University of Arizona | UA · School of Journalism

PhD in Contemporary Latin American Studies
Director of the School of Journalism at The University of Arizona

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Introduction
Professor, Director of the School of Journalism at The University of Arizona. From 2008-2019 Associate Professor at California State University. Retis joined UofA to help launch and lead the Master's Bilingual Journalism. Major in Communications (University of Lima, Peru), a Masters in Latin American Studies (UNAM, Mexico) and a PhD in Contemporary Latin America (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain).
Additional affiliations
August 2019 - June 2022
The University of Arizona
Position
  • Associate Professor
July 2008 - August 2019
California State University, Northridge
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Associate Professor. Department of Journalism
December 2006 - August 2008
University Carlos III de Madrid
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Education
September 1996 - July 2006
Complutense University of Madrid
Field of study
  • Latin American Studies, Migration
September 1992 - July 1996
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Field of study
  • Latin American Studies
January 1985 - December 1990
Universidad de Lima
Field of study
  • Communications

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This collection bridges disciplinary scholarship from critical language studies, Latinx critical communication, and media studies scholarship for a comprehensive exploration of Spanish-English bilingualism in the US and in turn, elucidating, more broadly, our understanding of bilingualism in a post-digital society. Chapters offer a state-of-the-ar...
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Un sistema de medios informativos sólido es crucial para enfrentar diversos tipos de crisis. No obstante, caracterizar dichos sistemas en países latinoamericanos plantea dilemas propios de una institucionalización estructuralmente débil, de procesos de modernización acelerados o en curso. Nuestro objetivo es reconocer los desafíos metodológicos en...
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On January 1, 2019, Journal São Paulo Shimbun printed its last issue. For seven decades, it represented one of the key references for Brazil’s Japanese community; however, at the end of 2010s, it faced two concomitant challenges: (1) the vicissitudes of the print news media industry, such as the effects of the big recession in the decline of advert...
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En este ensayo introductorio al número monográfico sobre Periodismo de Migraciones de la revista Estudios del Mensaje Periodístico, abordamos los retos y las oportunidades de la cobertura de las migraciones internacionales desde diversas perspectivas teóricas y metodológicas. Hacemos un repaso a lo que ha venido ocurriendo en materia de desplazamie...
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In this book, we capture some of the many narratives through which Latin Americans recognise themselves as such in diasporic and transnational spaces, and how they develop strategies to navigate the city and the system whilst also capturing how they claim their space in the global city. This book gives voice to the diverse diasporic Latin American...
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This chapter provides a context for Latin American migration to Europe and more specifically the UK. For Latin Americans, the UK became alternative places to migrate beyond the United States during the economic and sociopolitical crisis of the 1980s and 1990s. After the change of the century and during the world economic recession of 2008, Latin Am...
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The types of relationships that Latin Americans in low-paid work forge within the workplace are often embedded amongst wider structural inequalities that shape employment-related networks across London. Our research suggests that the workplace is as much a site of solidarity and integration as it is a site of power and conflict and that gender, cla...
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In this chapter, we explore how Latin Americans negotiate and claim their place in the city; we use the metaphors of routes, routines and roots to give voice to those Latin Americans whose journey into and across Europe is as much physical as it is about new ways of belonging and developing a new sense of place. The narratives we include in this ch...
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Narratives of Migration, Relocation and Belonging—Latin Americans in London has provided a comprehensive perspective on the increasing Latinx presence in the British capital. The book is about social and spatial inequalities around migratory experiences, workplace relationships, ethnic local media and urban spaces. In doing this, we hoped to challe...
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Transnational practices capture the diverse geographical, cultural and political networks that migrants forge across borders. We argue that diasporic transnationalism (Georgiou 2006) allows us to consider what we call the circuits of migration, to capture migrants’ multi-local networks and practices.
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This chapter provides a historical context of the development of diasporic and digital media spaces in London and compares it with other European and North American countries where the development of diasporic and ethnic media has led to renewed language and consumer-based identities. Through this lens, we capture the networks of solidarity and res...
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Using the experience of working with Latin American retailers in London and many years of researching London’s Latin American spaces in the capital, the current chapter seeks to explore whether claims to the global city become stronger, or diluted, within the context of intense urban regeneration and greater political and economic uncertainty. We a...
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This book gives voice to the diverse diasporic Latin American communities living in the UK by exploring first and onward migration of Latin Americans to Europe, with a specific reference to London. The authors discuss how networks of solidarity and local struggles are played out, enacted, negotiated and experienced in different spatial spheres, whe...
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There is a broad academic consensus on the role of the media in promoting and maintaining hegemony. However, the media can also be used to counter hegemonic discourses and empower people who have no voice. This is the case of ethnic minority media. The development of media by these groups has contributed to their inclusion into the public sphere, u...
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This article examines Twitter use among the top U.S. Spanish- and English-language television news networks during a significant breaking news event: the Orlando, Florida, shooting at Pulse Night Club on June 12, 2016. The study used a qualitative methodology and used the conceptual framework of ambient journalism to compare how Spanish- and Englis...
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Traditionally outside the mainstream, ethnic minorities have been active in developing their own media outlets throughout the world. Introducing ethnic minorities in the public sphere where social and political issues are articulated and negotiated, and struggles over hegemonic meanings take place these media have become empowering tools to struggl...
Technical Report
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The Report of the Worlds of Journalism Study Latin American and Caribbean network is ready. The overview of topics of concern to Journalism and Journalism Studies in the region is a valuable joint contribution, as are the individual analyses of each country which are the work of each country coordinator or team. · Feel free to download and share.
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Written in five parts, this report surveys the history of U.S. Spanish-language newspapers, radio, and television; provides an overview of the general challenges of Hispanic media in the convergence and digital era; and assesses current trends and news media practices that might influence the future of this rapidly evolving sector. The first part o...
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This chapter outlines the major methodological developments in the field of media and diaspora studies. It argues that the concept of diaspora can no longer be ascribed exclusively to one disciplinary or conceptual field. As a result, there is also a multitude of disciplinary approaches to diaspora and media culture. Rather than charting those diff...
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Cinema has played a significant role in shaping the first‐generation British Italian community's sense of identity in the context of post‐war Italian immigration to Britain. This chapter explores how Southern Italian cultural identity for their second‐generation children has been mediated by both historical and contemporary factors and the ways in...
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This chapter emphasizes the centrality of geopolitical context in using diaspora and hybridity to analyze media and culture in a postcolonial space. In order to stress the significance of geopolitical context, the chapter focuses on Brazil as a site in which diaspora and hybridity assume distinct theoretical shapes. First, diaspora and hybridity ar...
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In this chapter, we consider how diasporas are represented in the media and how these representations influence intercultural relations. We do this, by examining media constructions of interculturality and the interpretations of audiences and experts. For doing so, we use some of the main results of our research on the representations of intercultu...
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Research on diaspora, migration, and development has never scrutinized social remittances from a development communication (DevCom) perspective. This chapter, drawing from the social remittance theory and the DevCom theory, is an analysis of the quality of the transfers spontaneously linking a Western‐based Somali diaspora community (Florence, Ital...
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Recent increases in transnational movement have changed our understanding of diasporic communities. However, the geographically, culturally, and racially diverse community of the Caribbean serves as a unique case study to explore how a history of intersecting diasporas can affect mixed and multiracial individuals; this region is both the outcome of...
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This chapter deals with the issue of “democratization” of the public space, in two ways. First, by exploring the development of minority media targeting a Latin American migrant public in two European capitals, Madrid and London, and the extent to which these media have achieved the challenge of giving visibility to migrant communities. Second, thi...
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“Immigrant” is a term defined both by the phenomenon of migration and also by the immediate context. It is also a figure of mobility and of transgression and subversion too. Looking into episodes of violence in the Bodoland region of Assam, this chapter explores everyday newspaper debate about border, migration, violence, and mobility. “Immigrant”...
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More than 30,000 people died at Europe's borders between 1993 and 2018. These tragedies touch family members and diasporic communities across the globe. While these deaths are often invisible in the mainstream media—they are not ritualized as common loss—this does not mean that media would not play a crucial role in commemoration among diasporic co...
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In this chapter, I will address the intersection between migration and new communication technologies. Drawing on a bottom‐up approach that puts migrant experiences at the heart of the analysis, the chapter observes how migrants use social and mobile media in the context of their everyday, transnational lives. The first part of the chapter surveys...
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This chapter considers the ways Syrian refugees in Jordan experience information precarity—a condition of information instability and insecurity—as it intersects with their ability to achieve social inclusion. Interviews with urban refugees living in and around the country's capital suggest that an inability to develop new social networks and the d...
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This chapter introduces key debates and state‐of‐the‐art research on the intersection of diasporic phenomena, media, and cultural studies. It analyzes the ascendancy of the term diaspora in social sciences and the broader theoretical debates within different, mainly interdisciplinary fields such as cultural and media, postcolonial, and area studies...
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This chapter focuses on the intersection of ethnicity, migration, and non‐normative sexualities. In the first part, based on intersectionality theory, it discusses the “queer diaspora.” In the second part, it expands on the importance of digital media for this particular diaspora, building upon the elaborate literatures on the e‐diaspora and on les...
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This chapter considers the origin and changing use of the notion of diaspora. Despite its common reference to the history of the Jews, “diaspora” has now come to be used by many ethnic groups and in diverse academic discussions on identity, ethnic relations, migration and cognate fields. As Victor Satzewich observes, “the word has experienced a deg...
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Europe's Muslims—especially those who have migrated to the continent and their offspring—have been engaging in a long process that involves the adaptation of their communities to their new societies, and to new ways of dealing with social issues and challenges, while they have also tried to sustain and reproduce distinctive cultural values in a non...
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Based on a netnographic study of diasporic dynamics related to a website (www.ad‐astra.ro) and associated networks of Romanian scholars abroad, this chapter analyzes the emergence of a scientific e‐diaspora and the mechanisms that led to its recognition as a transnational actor within the Romanian civil society. Besides, it studies the impact of th...
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This chapter examines the networks of communication built by organizations that form part of the Migrant Action Movement (MAM). Intuitively, at first, and then strategically through their active use of technologies, these organizations have linked their local collectives and engaged with the general public, in the hope of influencing, from a legal...
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This decade has been marked by a series of shifts in the representation of migrants and refugees in the European media. These shifts, however, must be seen in relation to a number of fundamental, underlying components of media coverage of refugees, migrants, and what has been termed the “refugee crisis.” In this chapter, we take the recent events i...
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As part of its “media going global” initiative, China's state media have been striving to forge partnerships and cooperation with ethnic Chinese media all over the world. But has China's soft power push had an impact on the nature and operation of media in the Chinese diaspora, and if so, how? What are the main continuing and emerging political, cu...
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Some of the most complex questions in research on diasporas, transnationalism, and diversity concern the relationship of the social to the cultural, and that between purity and mixing. Is it possible to be socially integrated in a society without being culturally integrated, and vice versa? Is the quest for cultural purity inimical to peaceful coex...
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Increased connectedness via communication technologies has augmented a reorientation of diasporic communities toward their homeland enabling stronger links between various agencies, political parties, and movements in the states of origin and a revival of national and religious identities of migrants. Transnational media have played a key part in t...
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Indigenous people have been marginalized from shaping public opinion inside the boundaries of the nation‐state as well as when they migrate outside their lands whether for economic or political reasons. Due to this double‐marginality, contemporary indigenous migrants constitute important diasporic counterpublics that are capable of challenging and...
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Sindhis in Indonesia represent a small and distinct diaspora community within a large national population who are overrepresented in the nation's media industry. This chapter shows how the particular historical conditions of Indonesia coupled with the characteristics of the Sindhi community, enabled a small group of Sindhi businessmen to become the...
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This chapter proposes a critical intervention in digital diaspora studies by foregrounding a relational approach that is inspired by feminist and postcolonial theory. This innovative framework allows us to grasp contemporary human mobility as shaped by and constitutive of an unevenly interconnected world. “Relational” implies taking into account di...
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This chapter explores the processes of integration among Iranians in Britain, particularly in London, based on recent empirical studies of this underresearched group. We problematize the very idea and discourse of integration that frames much debate in the UK and elsewhere for presupposing an ethicized Other who must be rendered “unproblematic” in...
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Focusing on the subjects of conversation between members of Mexican families in Mexico and the United States, this chapter explores the communication of diasporic families using a variety of information and communication technologies (ICTs), thereby calling for their inclusion in the study of digital diasporas (DDs). It argues that the talk of dias...
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Sri Lankan teledramas are a homegrown, soap opera style, narrative genre, popular in the South Asian island. This chapter is based on ethnographic research conducted at a teledrama club initiated by Sri Lankan migrant women at a diasporic cultural association in Melbourne, Australia. The chapter discusses how women at the teledrama club sustain the...
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The expansion of information and communication technologies (ICT) is generally considered to enhance diasporas as “imagined communities” often resulting in ethnoscapes or long‐distance nationalisms. Drawing on the results of a comparative study between two migrant LinkedIn groups, Greek and French, this chapter will show that the symbolic construct...
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In May 2014, the Balkans experienced catastrophic flooding. In response, a diaspora network in Toronto, Canada formed an ad hoc Facebook group, shared information, crowdsourced resources, and initially limited their support to organized local aid drives. Concerns arose regarding government relief efforts and aid dispersal in the Balkans. An alterna...
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Digital technologies and practices have become one, if not the, way connecting dislocated people and changing the ways people can relate past and future. The networked migrant is one of the metaphors for understanding the changing nature of diaspora and what has traditionally been seen as a dispersed group of people, disconnected from a “homeland.”...
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This chapter addresses Haitian immigration to Brazil as an event that marks Brazilian public experience in recent years and reveals problems of the country's collective life, particularly racism. The chapter exams how racism is a predominant theme in coverage by the Brazilian media of six events related to Haitain immigration between 2014 and 2016....
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Building on and expanding Myria Georgiou's theory of “hybrid imagined communities” and multilayered belonging, and the related concept of multilayered identities (Straubhaar, 2008), this chapter examines qualitatively the impact of media on identity construction in several diasporic populations in Austin, Texas. Specifically, it investigates the im...
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This chapter advocates an understanding of diaspora as inherently cosmopolitan, but not as inherently progressive. It is argued that, rather than being a privilege, cosmopolitanism has become increasingly ordinary and incorporated in diasporic imaginaries: a way of living (a practice) and seeing (an ethics) in an intensely interconnected and cultur...
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The study of the formation of Latin American diasporas and their media in recent decades requires interdisciplinary perspectives that help us understand hegemonic and subaltern dynamics around capital/population/media flows. International migrations have played an important role in the history of Latin America and its diasporic formations, and the...
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This chapter addresses political and academic discussion about migrants' media participation in European nation‐states. The Iranian diaspora in Germany and its TV productions in public‐access channels (“open channels”) will be discussed from the viewpoint of communication studies. Interviews and qualitative content analysis reveal a significant het...
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The materiality of diasporic experience is embedded within overlapping geographies and processes that are increasingly mediated. This chapter examines how scripts of authentic Indianness mobilized by different constituencies travel across media platforms and politics, strategically linking and delinking the diasporic to the nations of residence and...
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This chapter explores how the relatively privileged Mexican European diaspora uses social media to make distinctions via online profiles on Facebook and A Small World. It investigates how racial discourses are used as markers of difference. Few publications demonstrate the social specificities of interaction between relatively privileged migrants a...
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Recent digital media and technocultures studies examine the phenomena of convergence cultures and audiences' ability to create content online, what Axel Bruns calls “produsage.”.These are the latest technological developments in media and culture in the modern world. These phenomena trouble the dominant model of culture—political economy, text, and...
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Journalism programs today face the need to train their students in the latest applications and tools - including data journalism techniques. Despite several classes and programs available in this subject area (Berret & Phillips, 2016), students are not actively enrolling in such classes. Using an epistemological approach and Actor-Network Theory (L...
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This paper analyzes cultural practices of Latin American immigrants in Spain. Based on surveys and in-depth interviews, it analyzes dynamics and characteristics of communication and cultural consumption, diasporic practices and intersections between local and global synergies on transnational contexts. © 2017, Superior School of Advertising and Mar...
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Over the past decades there have been two peer processes in the context of international migration and media contexts: on the one hand, Latin American migration flows intensified their internationalization to the North, especially the United States and Spain (Martínez, 2008, 2011); on the other hand, technological advances led to the cheaper transp...
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Este documento de trabajo sintetiza el estado actual del mercado cultural en español en EEUU y pone en perspectiva la naturaleza diversa del mundo “hispano-unidense” al examinar cómo la tendencia a homogeneizar estas comunidades tan heterogéneas viene empañando la manera en que se les (des)conoce. Al revisar el estado actual de las industrias cultu...
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El presente trabajo analiza el fenómeno migratorio de la población latinoamericana en Europa,específicamente en España, centrando su atención en las dinámicas y los rasgos que caracterizan elconsumo comunicacional y cultural que esta población, en tanto diáspora, efectúa en su nuevocontexto vivencial, marcado por el vínculo entre lo local y lo glob...
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El rol de los medios en los procesos de el contexto migratorio Resumo Este trabalho tem como objetivo traçar linhas de investigação a partir de estudos qualitativos sobre o papel da mídia no processo de estraticação social no contexto da imigração latino-americana na Europa e na América do Norte. Argumenta-se que para analisar e compreender as prát...
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En las últimas décadas se han venido produciendo dos fenómenos coetáneos: por un lado, los flujos de migración latinoamericana intensificaron su internacionalización hacia el Norte, especialmente a Estados Unidos y España (Martínez, 2008; 2011); por otro, los avances tecnológicos propiciaron el abaratamiento de los transportes y la accesibilidad a...
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This chapter analyzes the challenges and opportunities encountered when applying a transnationalism approach to the analysis and understanding of international migration contexts. Critical perspectives such as the political economy of the media, cultural studies, urban studies, and media practices in everyday life are useful approaches to incorpora...
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Using the theory of migratory networks and the legacy of the critical theory of the developmentalist models, this article puts forward a critical approach of the deficiencies of certain cultural consumption analyses in Latin America. It aims to develop an understanding of the production of high culture and distribution and reception processes in th...
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Tiene diversas publicaciones sobre los medios de comunicación en el contexto migratorio internacional y sobre televisión pública en Europa; destacan: Espacios Mediáticos de la Inmigración: Génesis y Evolución (OMCI); Familias, niños, niñas y jóvenes migrantes. Rompiendo estereotipos (GIIM), y Los informativos diarios en BBC y TVE. Los discursos de...
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At the end of October 2005, unrest broke out in an unprecedented way in the suburbs of Paris. Violence ensued during the next three weeks following these events during which time police and youth collided. The riots spread out gradually across the country and forced the government to declare a state of emergency on November 8. Given the scale of th...
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En este trabajo, se analizan tanto las representaciones mediáticas de los jóvenes inmigrantes latinoamericanos en la prensa española, como el papel de los medios de comunicación en el contexto de las migraciones contemporáneas y, desde la economía política de la comunicación y el análisis crítico del discurso, las formas mediáticas de las narrativa...
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Este libro recoge resultados de una investigación realizada por el Grupo de Investigación de la Televisión Pública (GITEP) de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, entre 2006 y 2009. Es un estudio comparativo realizado en España y en el Reino Unido basado en entrevistas en profundidad con periodistas de las cadenas públicas británica y española y co...
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This paper analyzes the models of Public Television in Spain (TVE) and Great Britain (BBC), within the different contexts in which both entities are created and developed. We understand that the features adopted by cultural industries do not obey to immovable determinations but are the result of political, economic and cultural circumstances. The d...
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Along more than five hundred years of movements of populations between Latin America and Spain, the reasons for these moves have changed, as well as the transportation means, national origins, direction of the flows and the coexistence between natives and those just arrived. The most recent stage represents the consolidation of movements from Latin...
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El cambio de siglo ha evidenciado el incremento de la inmigración latinoamericana en Estados Unidos y España. Frente a esta presencia, la sociedad autóctona construye representaciones discursivas para (re)conocer esta figura social a la que conoce menos por su naturaleza real que por su construcción simbólica en los medios. Esta propuesta es parte...
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México El tema central de este artículo es la fabricación del consenso a través de los medios masivos de comunicación. Las interrogantes a las que se intenta dar respuesta en este trabajo son: ¿cómo un mismo personaje político logra atravesar los polos opuestos de la popularidad en un periodo tan corto?, ¿cómo se explica la contradicción de los res...
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México En este trabajo la autora utiliza el análisis del modelo propagandístico propuesto por Noam Chomsky y Edward Herman. Analiza cada uno de los cinco filtros que lo componen. La autora describe cinco áreas de disertación: 1) la televisión mexicana y la concentración de la propiedad, 2) la publicidad como otro medio de control, 3) el caso partic...
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España El objetivo principal de esta investigación es analizar y comprender el proceso de representación discursiva de los inmigrantes ecuatorianos, colombianos y argentinos en los periódicos ABC, El Mundo y El País a lo largo de 2001. También se abordó el discurso de dichos inmigrantes sobre sus representaciones mediáticas mediante grupos de discu...
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Tesis de Maestría en Estudios Latinoamericanos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México En este trabajo la autora utiliza el análisis del modelo propagandístico propuesto por Noam Chomsky y Edward Herman. Se elige para el análisis el Programa Nacional de Solidaridad, se estudia la propuesta del programa y además se analizan los spots publicitarios...

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