In recent years, the precarious and unstable situation in the Middle East has pushed many to flee their countries and seek refuge in neighboring countries and in Europe. In April 2015, when five boats sank in the Mediterranean Sea, killing more than 1,200 people, the phrases "European migrant crisis" and "European refugee crisis" became widely used by media and politicians alike. Such phrases, serve as frames that alter perceptions and perhaps even influence behaviors. While “refugee” portrays people fleeing armed conflict or persecution, “migrant” describes people who make a conscious choice to leave their country to seek a better life elsewhere. These dichotomized characterizations can have serious consequences for the lives and safety of asylum seekers, they can undermine public support, steer public opinion, and frame the debate on how the world should react to this crisis.
To be presented at NetGlow 2016
Posted by Adina Nerghes. Posted In : Abstracts
In this paper, we analyze a combination of social and
semantic networks extracted from news media articles on the recent European
debt crisis. While most network research, so far, has focused on either social
networks or semantic networks, we combine networks of entities (i.e.,
organizations and actors) and semantic networks to identify the discursive
frames used to characterize these different entities. The use of socio-semantic
networks in the analysis of discursive fames i...
Using semantic network analysis, we explore a combination of structural measures, the structural space method. This method proves valuable for a more comprehensive dynamic analysis of large formal discourse corpora. Formal discourse is characterized by repetitive, and perhaps uninformative top ranked concepts, which makes the more subtle dynamic discursive shifts difficult to recognize. Combining popularity and connectivity potential of concepts in semantic networks, we reveal important dynam...
Posted by Adina Nerghes.
Posted by Adina Nerghes. Posted In : Semantic network
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