La costruzione sociale dell’immigrazione come problema: il caso italiano

Katia Pilati

Abstract


The objective of this article is to examine categories and meanings associated to migration in the Italian public discourse. With this purpose we analyze public claims-makings – discursive interventions as well as political actions – by various institutional and non-institutional actors in the field of migration. We analyze claims in Milan contained in the articles of La Repubblica (2006) drawing on political claims analysis, a specification of protest event analysis (PEA). Results show a closure of the discursive opportunity structure (DOS): radical right groups are the main actors claiming against immigration, contributing to build immigration as a social problem by emphasizing issues such as the cultural menace and religious clash associated to migration; there is a high percentage of neutral positions among parties such as Forza Italia as well as in the center-left coalition; migrant groups show low levels of public claims-makings, confirming their marginalization from the Italian public discourse.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/SMP-24346



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