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Media representation of foreign temporary workers in Slovenia

Žiga Novak (2011) Media representation of foreign temporary workers in Slovenia. Diploma thesis.

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    Diploma thesis discusses problematical aspect of foreign workers temporarily working in Slovenia and their representation in Slovenian print media. Today migrations are one of the main social and political issues. Under the influence of the globalization, economical migrations are constantly increasing, especially from economically less developed to more developed areas. Most of the foreign workers in Slovenia come from former republics of Yugoslavia, with Slovenia’s entering into European Union the number of other foreign workers also increases. Most of these foreign workers are performing low-skilled labor, particularly in construction and manufacturing industries. They are often underpaid for their work and employers are systematically violating their rights, in part because of the insufficient legislation which subordinates the foreign workers. Media has an important role in modern society, not just when it comes to informing the public, but also by creating public opinion with selection of news topics and ways of reporting them. Foreign workers are a marginal group, living on the edge of society, so majority of the population does not have a lot of contact with them. Most of the information general public receives about foreign workers comes from the mass media. The discourse analysis of the content of 55 newspaper articles from twelve different publications was conducted, to estimate the context of reporting about foreign workers. Main problems of workers and other important figures in their stories were exposed. We stressed out the role of foreign workers and how their opinions are considered and represented in the selected print media. Articles about foreign workers are for the most part describing them as victims of circumstances, exploited by their employers. Their constructive role and contribution in the society is often disregarded and they are not considered to be equally qualified for constructive cooperation in resolving their own problems, even though they have formed the International Worldwide Workers Association, which already deals with such issues.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: foreign workers, migrations, media representations, discourse analysis
    Number of Pages: 91
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Špela RazpotnikMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9084745)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 565
    Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 07:13
    Last Modified: 11 Jan 2012 07:13
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/565

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