Social psychology of identity and stereotyping in the media: the case of refugee media bias

Lido, C. , Sawyer, A. and De Amicis, L. (2021) Social psychology of identity and stereotyping in the media: the case of refugee media bias. In: Coen, S. and Bull, P. (eds.) The Psychology of Journalism. Oxford University Press, pp. 168-199. ISBN 9780190935856 (doi: 10.1093/oso/9780190935856.003.0007)

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This chapter is focussed on how the media may influence societal attitudes and behaviours, particularly in their coverage of refugees and asylum seekers. Traditional social psychological approaches to concepts of identity, categorization, and prejudice are discussed, followed by a review of relevant current models, such as intergroup emotion theory, integrated threat theory, and the so-called BIAS map (Behaviours from Intergroup Affect and Stereotypes). It is proposed that refugees might receive greater warmth and increased perceptions of competence if they were reframed in the news not as stealing jobs but, rather, as future citizens, supporting their new countries of residence by doing necessary work and by creating new employment avenues. The chapter concludes with a proposal for five evidence-based strategies both for audiences to be more overtly aware of misleading media bias (e.g., the creation of ‘us versus them’ identity narratives) and for developing a more responsible journalism.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:De Amicis, Dr Leyla and Lido, Professor Catherine
Authors: Lido, C., Sawyer, A., and De Amicis, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > People, Place & Social Change
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Published Online:02 July 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Oxford University Press
First Published:First published in The Psychology of Journalism: 168-199
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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