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date: 30 November 2022

Refugee and Mediated Liveslocked

Refugee and Mediated Liveslocked

  • Kevin Smets, Kevin SmetsDepartment of Communication Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Giacomo ToffanoGiacomo ToffanoDepartment of Communication Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  •  and Silvia Almenara-NieblaSilvia Almenara-NieblaDepartment of Communication Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Summary

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.

Subjects

  • Critical/Cultural Studies
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Communication

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