V. Muraleedharan “Analysis of mediatized political communication in immigration policy: examples from Lithuania and United States” doctoral dissertation defence

Thesis Defense

Author, Institution: Vishnu Muraleedharan, Kaunas University of Technology

Science area, field of science: Social Sciences, Political Sciences, S002

Scientific supervisor: Prof. dr. Thomas Andrew Bryer (Kaunas University of Technology, Social Sciences, Political Science, S002)

Dissertation Defence Board of Political Sciences Science Field:
Prof. Dr. Auksė Balčytienė (Vytautas Magnus University, Social Sciences, Political Science, S002) – chairperson
Prof. Dr. Jaroslav Dvorak (Klaipėda University, Social Sciences, Political Science, S002)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mebs Kanji, (Concordia University, Canada, Social Sciences, Political Science, S002)
Prof. Dr. Zenonas Norkus (Vilnius University, Social Sciences, Sociology, S005)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ingrida Unikaitė-Jakuntavičienė (Vytautas Magnus University, Social Sciences, Political Science, S002)

 

Dissertation defence meeting was at M7 Hall at The Campus Library of Kaunas University of Technology (Studentų 48–M7, Kaunas)

The doctoral dissertation is available at the library of Kaunas University of Technology (K. Donelaičio g. 20, Kaunas)

Annotation: At the global level, the migration of people from one place to another occurs for various reasons. Having a strong, regulated integration of the communities within a society is an important aspect of the successful governance of the nation. The mediatization of immigration has a significant impact on society and can influence political communication. In the cases of Lithuania and Florida state in the USA, the mediatized political communication on immigration has become an important subject to be studied with much significance due to the influx of migrants. Therefore, this dissertation aims to investigate media-infused immigration perceptions and their effects on integration policies. To find it out, this study uses five frames, such as victim, threat, responsibility, administrative, and return home. The theoretical approach of the dissertation was based on theories such as transnational migration, agenda setting, framing, and social cohesion. The data for the study were obtained from Lithuania and Florida in 2019. During the Erasmus + internship period in Florida, direct interviews with migrants and NGO representatives were obtained. The study revealed that, on a global level, the perception of immigration varies according to the region. In both Lithuania and Florida, the media play an important role in political communication on immigration. The media’s framing strategy shows that in both places, various news reports point to and classify immigrant-related news into various frames.

October 7 d. 14:00

M7 Hall at The Campus Library of Kaunas University of Technology (Studentų 48–M7, Kaunas)

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