Chapter 5

Media Framing of Expatriation from the United States

Chapter Abstract

Chapter 5 investigates representations of American emigration in the media, focusing on newspaper and magazine articles published in the United States since the early 1990s. This chapter uses qualitative content analysis of media framing in mass media coverage of emigration from the United States. Primarily, this chapter is driven by the question: How has the national media covered (portrayed or framed) emigrants from the United States to Canada and Mexico? To address this question in more depth I also ask: What are the themes, topics, and frames used in the media representation of American emigration? In what ways is emigration to each location framed differently? More specifically, how are the motivations for emigration represented in the media? To answer these questions, I bring together literatures on migration systems theory, media framing, and the migration imaginary.