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Noticiero Univision: Coverage of the Arizona Law as a Case Study about the Construction of Diasporic Public Spheres

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Gabriel A Moreno Esparza

Departamento de Estudios de la Comunicación Social (DECS) Universidad de Guadalajara, México
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This article looks at the coverage US broadcaster Univision provided about the Arizona law, a measure criminalizing undocumented immigrants. Content analysis of Noticiero Univision’s reports on the subject reveals the presence of diasporic public spheres, a notion that is regularly deployed in reference to media from the homeland of transnational communities, but which has rarely been explored at the empirical level in host‐land contexts. This contribution suggests that while the paradigm of cultural assimilation could be adequate to describe the role Univision takes on in synthesizing the Latin American‐origin community as part of a national ethnic minority, an account of Hispanics as a ‘diaspora of diasporas’ productively focuses on the diverse nature of the community in question, and on the national and transnational dynamics that shape contemporary experiences of human displacement.

How to Cite: Moreno Esparza, G.A., (2011). Noticiero Univision: Coverage of the Arizona Law as a Case Study about the Construction of Diasporic Public Spheres. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. 8(1), pp.65–101. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.162
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Published on 01 May 2011.
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