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Пияните мургави престъпници (Образът на ромите в българските печатни издания в предизборен контекст)
The Drunken Swarthy Offenders: The Image of the Roma in the Bulgarian Press in a Pre-election Context

Author(s): Alexey Pamporov
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт за изследване на населението и човека - Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Roma; content analysis; hate speech; press;

Summary/Abstract: The present article focuses on the stereotypes used by 20 print media when publishing on Roma people in Bulgaria. The study answers several research questions: To what extent hate speech matters in relation to the Roma can be found in the Bulgarian press and what type of hate speech cases is replaced with implicitly negative matters? What are the main topics concerning the presence of the Roma in the national press and how are these topics distributed in the different printed media? What is the impact of the topical issues and events from the public agenda on the matters concerning the Roma minority? What are the general trends when it comes to representing the Roma during an election campaign? The research uses a triangulation between the two types of content analysis methods: a standardised matrix for quantitative analysis and open-coding of the key words and traits. An extremely negative stereotyped image is observed focused mainly on their lifestyle compared to their personal traits. The stereotypes are interrelated within a meta-story that more or less sounds like that: The drunken swarthy offenders live in illegal ghetto houses and do not pay their utility bills. They live in large family clans that fight each other depending on the interests of the big bosses.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 190-208
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Bulgarian