Friend or Foe? A Critical Discourse Analysis on the Portrayal of Immigrants in the US

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Friend or Foe? A Critical Discourse Analysis on the Portrayal of Immigrants in the US

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Publication 2-year master student thesis
Title Friend or Foe? A Critical Discourse Analysis on the Portrayal of Immigrants in the US
Author Felcenloben, Isabella
Date 2019
English abstract
In this thesis the author explores the portrayal of immigrants in the USA, more specifically how immigrants were portrayed by the last three presidents; Donald J. Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush. While the majority of the US society sees immigration as a strength, the attitudes towards immigration remain divided within the political blocks. By the means of a critical discourse analysis I explore in which way presidential rhetoric has portrayed immigrants, and what are the differences in how the selected presidents have led the debate on immigration. Through the concepts of the ‘Other’ and ‘enemy images, and with an application of social identity theory, the author of this thesis further discusses the processes of intergroup comparison and its effects on the relationship between immigrants and natives.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject presidential rhetoric
discourse
social identity
USA
immigrants
the other
enemy images
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/28727 Permalink to this page
Link to publication in DiVA Find this research publication in DiVA (n/a for student publ.)
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