Grounded in social representation theory and its empirical investigation into the ‘social arena’, inspired by the ‘modelling paradigmatic approach’, the research presented in this article is part of a larger project aimed at reconstructing the ‘multi- voice’, and ‘multi-agent’ discourse about (im)migration. Specifically, this contribu- tion’s focus is on the exploration of shaping and sharing social representations about (im)migrants through communication via the social medium ‘Twitter’. A total of 1,958 tweets (967 Italian and 991 English tweets) were analysed through Systeme Portable Pour L’Analyse Des Donnees Textuelles [Portable System for Textual Data Analysis]SPAD in two lexical correspondence analyses. The results show a dichotom- ous discourse organising a semantic space structured around five different factors for the two distinct Twitter corpora: both clearly show polarised social representa- tions of ‘immigrants–migrants’, leading to exclusion–inclusion policies depending on the discursive agent’s ideological affiliation in the Italian and the international polit- ical frame. Used as a propaganda tool, Twitter echoes the related pro- and anti- immigration polemical representations of opposite political leaders in posts that are positioned differently in relation to the progressive/conservative ideology.

Twitter as social media arena for polarised social representations about the (im)migration: The controversial discourse in the Italian and international political frame

Salvati, Marco
Writing – Review & Editing
2021-01-01

Abstract

Grounded in social representation theory and its empirical investigation into the ‘social arena’, inspired by the ‘modelling paradigmatic approach’, the research presented in this article is part of a larger project aimed at reconstructing the ‘multi- voice’, and ‘multi-agent’ discourse about (im)migration. Specifically, this contribu- tion’s focus is on the exploration of shaping and sharing social representations about (im)migrants through communication via the social medium ‘Twitter’. A total of 1,958 tweets (967 Italian and 991 English tweets) were analysed through Systeme Portable Pour L’Analyse Des Donnees Textuelles [Portable System for Textual Data Analysis]SPAD in two lexical correspondence analyses. The results show a dichotom- ous discourse organising a semantic space structured around five different factors for the two distinct Twitter corpora: both clearly show polarised social representa- tions of ‘immigrants–migrants’, leading to exclusion–inclusion policies depending on the discursive agent’s ideological affiliation in the Italian and the international polit- ical frame. Used as a propaganda tool, Twitter echoes the related pro- and anti- immigration polemical representations of opposite political leaders in posts that are positioned differently in relation to the progressive/conservative ideology.
2021
social representations, (im)migrants, social media, Twitter, multi-agent discourse, geo-political positioning
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