Media, identities, and immigrants:Arab satellite televisions in Italy

Volcic, Z. (2006) Media, identities, and immigrants:Arab satellite televisions in Italy. Medijska Istrazivanja, Croatian Journal for Journalism and the Media, 12 2: 63-77.


Author Volcic, Z.
Title Media, identities, and immigrants:Arab satellite televisions in Italy
Journal name Medijska Istrazivanja, Croatian Journal for Journalism and the Media   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1330-6928
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 63
End page 77
Total pages 15
Editor N. Z. Rotar
Place of publication Zagreb
Publisher University of Zagreb, Croatia
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
400101 Journalism
751004 The media
Formatted abstract The field of global media has recently seen the publication of several books on the relationship between the media, belonging, and migrants. This research focuses on the complex cultural positioning of communities, who, for a variety of reasons, move to a new country and inhabit the new culture. This article first maps some theoretical and empirical investigations on the issues of immigrants, and their use of the media. Furthermore, the specific context of the Arab media revolution within and outside Arab countries is presented, and I particularly focus on Al-Jazeera satellite television and an imaginary it offers. I explore, through ethnographic research and in-depth interviews, the use and consumption of Al-Jazeera satellite television by young Arab Muslim immigrants who meet at the Islamic Cultural Institute of Milan, Italy. I argue that Al-Jazeera represents an original media project which tries to break free from direct control of Arab governments to the media - despite the financial support it continues to receive from the Emir of Qatar. However, the overwhelming enthusiasm surrounding the experience of watching independent news channels should not always be seen in the light of a common desire to identify and unite within the notion of umma.
Keyword Media
Migrants
Al-Jazeera satellite television
independent news channels
umma
Q-Index Code C1

 
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