Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Criminal Immigrant Myth: The Role of Conservative Media in the Immigration Industrial Complex
by Alsmadi, Iman Bassam, M.A., California State University, Fullerton, 2020, 72; 28087447
Abstract (Summary)

Leading scholars in the field of crimmigration pose that othering narratives fuel the growth of the immigration industrial complex. This analysis adds to this body of work by evaluating the effect of conservative media narratives on anti-immigrant sentiment. Using data from the 2016 American National Election Survey, I utilize multinomial logistic regression techniques to examine how an individual’s level of conservative media consumption influences their support for punitive immigration policies or nativist sentiments. The analysis highlights that net of demographic and socioeconomic factors, individuals who regularly follow any conservative media are significantly more likely to support punitive immigration policies and to harbor nativist sentiments. Similar to previous studies, the results from this analysis also indicate that race, age and education are significant predictors of anti-immigrant sentiment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Torr, Berna
Commitee: Alvarez, Anthony, Ashtiani, Mariam
School: California State University, Fullerton
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Sociology, Mass communications
Keywords: Crime, Immigration, Media, Othering, Race, Rhetoric
Publication Number: 28087447
ISBN: 9798672188966
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