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“Everybody Around Here is from Some Place Else”: News Frames and Hegemonic Discourses in the Immigration Debates in the United States, 2006 and 2010

Quinsaat, Sharon (2012) “Everybody Around Here is from Some Place Else”: News Frames and Hegemonic Discourses in the Immigration Debates in the United States, 2006 and 2010. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In 2006, the United States House of Representatives introduced a bill that seeks to criminalize unauthorized immigrants, subjecting them to detention and deportation. Four years later, the Arizona State Legislature passed a similar measure, which classifies an alien’s presence in Arizona without the possession of proper immigration documents as a state misdemeanor. Both pieces of legislation entered the public sphere and stimulated debates on immigration, as cleavages within and among the Democrats and Republicans surfaced and opposition turned into highly publicized events. The bills crystallized the various hegemonic and contested discourses on immigration in American society. Using content analysis of The New York Times and USA Today, this study investigates the framing of immigration in two policy debates: on the Border Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (H.R. 4437) in 2006 and on the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act or Arizona Senate Bill (S.B.) 1070 in 2010. It draws on the literature on media discourses, news frames, and framing process in order to measure the content and frequency of media frames; explain the struggle of different and political actors over meaning in these frames; and assess the durability, resilience, and adaptability of media frames on similar policy issues but different periods.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Quinsaat, Sharonsmq5@pitt.eduSMQ5
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairStaggenborg, Suzannesuzstagg@pitt.eduSUZSTAGG
Committee MemberHashimoto, Akikoahash@pitt.eduAHASH
Committee MemberMarkoff, Johnjm2@pitt.eduJM2
Date: 18 January 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 7 July 2011
Approval Date: 18 January 2012
Submission Date: 11 November 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 89
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: immigration, discourse, media, United States, news coverage
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 19:16
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:55


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