Latino Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 448–466 | Cite as

Vulnerability, precarity and the people in debates over immigration in local newspapers

  • Jolanta A. DrzewieckaEmail author
  • Gian-Louis Hernandez
  • Somava Pande
Original Article


Mexican immigrants to the United States increasingly migrate to relatively new places such as Washington state, which now places in the top eight destination states. States wield increasing power to manage migration and negotiate residency at local scales. Although studies focus on migration debates in national and alternative media, little analysis has been done on newspapers in rural communities where migrants work and settle. We examine local English- and Spanish-language newspapers in rural Washington state to demonstrate how English-language newspapers legitimated competing interests and discourses of vulnerability versus precarity, whereas Spanish-language newspapers constituted a collective for rights connected historically to other subaltern groups. We then evaluate the potential for disrupting dominant discourses by local newspapers.


Immigrants Immigration debate Local newspapers Discourse analysis Obscene inclusion 

Vulnerabilidad, precariedad y el pueblo en los debates sobre la inmigración en los periódicos locales


Los inmigrantes mexicanos a los Estados Unidos migran cada vez más hacia lugares relativamente nuevos como el estado de Washington, que ahora se ubica entre los ocho estados de destino principales. El poder de los estados para manejar la inmigración y negociar la residencia a escala local es cada vez mayor. Aunque los estudios se centran en los debates migratorios en los medios nacionales y alternativos, hay poco análisis de los periódicos de las comunidades rurales donde los inmigrantes trabajan y se asientan. Examinamos los periódicos locales de idioma inglés y español en zonas rurales del estado de Washington para demostrar cómo los periódicos en inglés legitimaron los intereses rivales y discursos de vulnerabilidad en comparación con precariedad, mientras que los periódicos en español constituyeron un colectivo para los derechos históricamente conectados a otros grupos subordinados. Luego evaluamos el potencial de los periódicos locales para alterar los discursos dominantes.

Palabras Clave

Inmigrantes Debates migratorios Periódicos locales Análisis del discurso Inclusión obscena 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jolanta A. Drzewiecka
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gian-Louis Hernandez
    • 1
  • Somava Pande
    • 2
  1. 1.Università della Svizzera italianaLuganoSwitzerland
  2. 2.Washington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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