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ERIC Number: EJ929403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1523-5882
Mixed Messages in Media Coverage of Bilingual Education: The Case of Atlanta, Georgia
Tarasawa, Beth
Bilingual Research Journal, v31 n1-2 p23-46 2008
As the increasing number of Latino and Asian immigrants to the Atlanta area has escalated tensions over occupational, residential, and educational resources, research has begun to examine opposition to bilingual education as an extension of anti-immigrant prejudice and as a measure of perceived threat. This study uses content analysis to compare the portrayal of bilingual education in a mainstream publication ("Atlanta Journal Constitution") to that in a Latino publication ("Atlanta Latino") over a 15-year period, from 1991-2006. I draw on theories of group threat and racial formation to argue that the two newspapers present bilingual education in different frames. These differences in coverage suggest ways in which the media may influence audience opinion by framing issues in specific ways and also suggest a pattern whereby the ethnic minority press combats the message presented in the general circulation press. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia