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Refugee and Mediated Lives

  • August 30, 2022

Refugee and Mediated Lives

Kevin SmetsGiacomo Toffano & Silvia Almenara-Niebla

 

The lives of refugees are highly mediated. Media and technologies affect the daily experiences and trajectories of refugees in numerous ways while on the move as well as while settling into new homelands. Mediation processes also inform broader societal and political meanings that are assigned to refugees, as the figure of “the refugee” is constantly reshaped through processes of representation. Although these processes are much older, the research on refugees and mediation has accelerated especially since 2015. The literature focuses on three key areas: (a) refugees’ media uses and (dis)connectivity; (b) the role of media technologies in refugees’ everyday lives; and (c) media representations and narratives. Across these three areas, several important critiques have been formulated. These include criticisms of essentialist understandings of “the refugee” as well as Eurocentric and technocentric tendencies in the literature. A response to these criticisms might lay in a more historicized, contextualized, and situated approach to the mediated lives of refugees.

August 2022
Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.1263
Title of the publication: Oxford Research Enciclopedia of Communication
Publisher: Oxford University Press