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2.2 Female Migrants in the daily press. Research of presentation and reception

Principal Investigator:
Research Team:

Tobias Rauscher (Student Assistant)


Ministerium für Generationen, Emanzipation, Pflege und Alter des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (MGEPA NRW)

Mar 01, 2009 — Dec 31, 2009

Analyzing the representation of female migrants in selected print media, this study is the first to undertake a systematic, empirical exploration of the interrelation of structural categories gender and ethnicity in media coverage of migrants. Five German newspapers (Kölner Stadtanzeiger, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, BILD, tageszeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) have been analyzed in a period of time of four months (7 July - 8 March, in 2005 - 2008). The results refute the previous assumption of other, seemingly gender-neutral approaches and shift the focus away from the "criminal alien" towards a more diverse pattern of representations in which female migrants may appear as victims as well as, however, successful women, celebrities, or simply as a regular part of everyday life. The adoption of media representations of female migrants was discussed in six group discussions with female migrants and non-migrants in Berlin and Cologne. There are some indications on how media content contributes to social inclusion and exclusion. Role models as well as a strong criticism on a one-sided and as negatively biased perceived coverage was uttered in this regard.