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ROMA REPRESENTATION IN THE MEDIA
ROMA REPRESENTATION IN THE MEDIA

Author(s): Mircea Gherasim, Ana Rodica Stăiculescu
Subject(s): Media studies
Published by: Addleton Academic Publishers
Keywords: ethnic crime; Roma; stigma; negative representation; stereotype

Summary/Abstract: In this article we will examine the way in which the modern construction of identity, right and wrong, is defined, as reflected in mass media discourse. We will approach the specificity of social stigma for Roma communities exploring the implications in the field of social identity and deviance. This paper is organized as follows: firstly, we will present the scholarly arguments supporting the idea of negative depiction of ethnic groups in media. Secondly, we will discuss the role of media as reported in the research literature to have a relationship with ethnic stereotypes, as well as official statistics supporting the issue. Thirdly, we will examine the deductive model that confirms the negative depiction in media in a selected number of news articles that produces a consensual vision of Roma as criminals. Lastly, we suggest that mass media tends to define what deviance is a concept that does not stand on its own until the public decides that there’s something wrong.

  • Issue Year: V/2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 947-955
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English