9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN18 Sociology of Communications and Media Research

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 Europeanizing Globalizations I Building AA, AA.325

'EUconomic' crisis? EU integration and management in the Southern European and Brussels press

This paper seeks to explore the manner in which Southern European press and Brussels based media reported on the current worldwide economic-social crisis. Our focus will be newspaper articles centered on the management of this critical period by European Union (EU) institutions, in comparison with that of non-EU entities (e.g. ?G8?, ?G20?, amongst others).

More specifically, we will observe the visibility and prominence assigned to this topic in the news, as well as the way newspapers framed the debate (for instance, economic, social, cultural and/or political dimensions). The potential adoption of national, European or supranational perspectives by the publications may also provide us with important data concerning media framing of these issues.

In light of this, we will analyse the newspapers? insights not only in the context of the above-mentioned crisis and corresponding press editorial attitudes, but also of EU integration in general. Equally, we will undertake enquiries to find out whether the sampled media favour or oppose EU deepening and enlargement, and to clarify Europe?s relationship with other countries and organisations.

Drawing on content and discourse analysis of Greek, Italian, and Portuguese newspapers, as well as Brussels based media, it is our objective to provide an overview of both crisis management and EU perceptions in Southern Europe.