Segregated Housing Areas and the Discursive Construction of Segregation in the News
H.O. Vincze analyses the discursive construction of segregation in the news, describing the features of news coverage that contribute to the further symbolic marginalization of the segregated housing areas. The news of evictions, the pieces on poverty and human interest stories, or the coverage of charity and aid are shown to contribute to making these spaces and their inhabitants invisible by casting the issues as local ones, ethnical indexing, by not recognizing their work as such, and by demarcating interventions from the domain of economy. Instances of emotional framing and heroic activism also contribute to making their reality extraordinary. It is this distancing logic that makes invisible and thus normalizes the role of these spaces and of the “Roma” label in contemporary Romanian capitalism.
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