Picturing Immigration (Book)

Photojournalistic Representation of Immigrants in Greek and Spanish Press

At the turn of the twentieth century, Greece and Spain saw an influx of immigrants from developing nations. And as their foreign populations grew, both countries' national media were there to document the change – in the process shaping perceptions of the immigrant groups by their new countries and the world. 

Picturing Immigration offers a comparative study of the photojournalistic framing of immigrants in these two southern European nations, which were recently transformed from senders to receivers of migrants. Going beyond traditional media analysis, it focuses on images rather than text to explore a host of hot topics, including media representation of minorities, immigration and stereotypes.


Athanasia Batziou teaches in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Athens, Greece.



Chapter 1: Theoretical Considerations: Media Images and Framing 

1.1 The Visual (Re)turn
1.2 Image, Reality, Photojournalism
1.3 Media Stereotypes of the “Other”
1.4 Framing Theory
1.5 Visual Framing

Chapter 2: Greece and Spain: Background Information 

2.1 Overview of Migration History in Greece and Spain 
2.2 Immigrants in Greece and Spain during the Period of Study (2005) 
2.3 Immigration Policy in Greece and Spain 
2.4 Historical and Social Background of Greece and Spain:
Public Opinion and Immigrants 
Media and Migrants in Greece and Spain 


Chapter 3: The Visual Representation of Immigrants 

3.1 Frame A: The Immigrant as “Other” 
3.2 Frame B: The Immigrant as “Threat” 
3.3 Themes

Chapter 4: Analysis 

4.1 Frames and Schemata
4.2 Societies in Crisis: Immigration and Frames
4.3 Frames and the Media 

Chapter 5: Conclusion

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