Media

Immigration and Crime and the Criminalization of Immigration

Report Author: 
Rubén G. Rumbaut, Katie Dingeman & Anthony Robles
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Jun

A chapter in the forthcoming International Handbook of Migration Studies, Immigration and Crime and the Criminalization of Immigration provides a sweeping review of research on crime trends among the foreign-born in the U.S. dating back to the early 20th century. Without exception, this research shows an inverse relationship between criminal activity and the size of immigrant populations. For example, the incarceration rate of U.S.-born persons, as revealed in the 2000 census, was five times higher than that of young immigrant men.

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Other

Economic Anxiety or Racial Resentment? An Evaluation of Attitudes toward Immigration in the U.S. from 1992 to 2016

Report Author: 
Steven V. Miller
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Aug

The 2016 U.S. presidential election intensified the debate over whether anti-immigration attitudes are due to economic anxiety or racism. While many journalists suggested that it was due to economic anxiety, statistical analysis conducted by Steven V. Miller of Clemson University found that “racial resentment” is the main and most reliable predictor of attitudes toward immigration.

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Other

Sources Shared on Twitter: A Case Study on Immigration

Report Author: 
Michael Barthel, Galen Stocking & Elizabeth M. Grieco
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Jan

Sources Shared on Twitter: A Case Study on Immigration, which aimed to better understand the types of information sources that users on one popular social media platform may see about a major national policy issue, finds that news organizations play a far larger role than other types of content providers, such as commentary or government sites. This is especially true in regards to one contentious issue: immigration.

Source Organization: 
Pew Research Center

Enhancing Attitudes Toward Stigmatized Groups with Movies: Mediating and Moderating Processes of Narrative Persuasion

Report Author: 
Juan-Jose Igartua & Fancisco J. Frutos
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Nov

Unfortunately, immigrant populations sometimes face the ramifications of xenophobic rhetoric.  However, empathy arousing films can turn negative viewpoints of a group into more positive attitudes and beliefs. In a study by Igartua and Frutos (2017), student participants viewed Poniente, a film with a message of high empathy for immigrants. After viewing the film, the participants demonstrated improved attitudes towards immigrants compared to their scores in measures before watching the film.

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Other

Stereotyped Identification: How Identifying with Fictional Latina Characters Increases Acceptance and Stereotyping

Report Author: 
Bryan McLaughlin, Nathian S. Rodriguez, Joshua A. Dunn & Jobi Martinez
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Apr

Film and media are powerful tools of influence. Although the messages can positively influence greater acceptance of certain groups, they can also intentionally or unintentionally create and uphold stereotypes of immigrants. "Stereotyped Identification: How Identifying with Fictional Latina Characters Increases Acceptance and Stereotyping," a study by Mclaughlin, Rodriguez, Dunn, & Martinez (2018), demonstrates how television portrayals of Latina women allow viewers to cognitively and emotionally identify with the characters.

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Other

Integrating Muslim immigrant minorities: The effects of narrative and statistical messages

Report Author: 
Magdalena Wojcieszak, Rachid Azrout, Hajo Boomgaarden, Amanda Paz Alencar, & Penelope Sheets
Original Date of Publication: 
2015 Dec

Many immigrants utilize television and film as a way to immerse themselves in the language, values, and culture of the country to which they have moved. At times, the values and beliefs of immigrants may clash with those of their new country.

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Other

To Walk a Mile in Someone Else's Shoes: How Narratives Can Change Causal Attribution Through Story Exploration and Character Customization

Report Author: 
Nathan Walter, Sheila T. Murphy & Traci K Gillig
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Dec

Fictional narratives are often an effective way to deliver "prosocial messages," and storytelling has been utilized to increase empathy and understanding toward people who belong to stigmatized groups. One way in which changed attitudes can be measured is by examining the causal attributions that a reader makes. Causal attributions refer to the reader's judgments about whether internal or external characteristics are to blame for a character's negative outcomes or actions.

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Other

(Un)documented immigrant media makers and the search for connection online

Report Author: 
Sarah C. Bishop
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jul

Social media serves as an important space for some undocumented youth to create and share their own narratives with a general audience through art, photography, film, writing, and other forms of digital media. Online platforms fill a gap for many undocumented youth, who are often excluded from higher education and the academic world. Social media and other online platforms are a space where undocumented youth can counter mainstream anti-immigrant narratives and stereotypes. As such, digital connection can help reduce isolation and can function as a "communal coping" mechanism.

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Other