New book: Debating Migration as a Public Problem: National Publics and Transnational Fields

We are pleased to announce the publication of our co-edited book, Debating Migration as a Public Problem: National Publics and Transnational Fields (Peter Lang, Series: Global Crises and the Media).

Book editors: Camelia Beciu, Mălina Ciocea, Irina Diana Mădroane, Alexandru I. Cârlan

The book “identifies empirical sites and methodological frames for approaching the construction of migration as a public problem. Starting from the premise that transnationalism becomes structural in setting the public agenda, the authors explore topics and arguments on migration in media and political discourses, as well as the ways migrants and non-migrants recontextualize these discourses in the process of making sense of migration, as a matter of citizenship and policy action.”


“Debating Migration as a Public Problem: National Publics and Transnational Fields is a valuable addition to existing literature in English that addresses intra-EU migration with a focus on discourse, especially media discourse. It brings together papers written by established Romanian scholars, which are based upon several years of intense and high-quality research. The studies complement the prevailing  bias, in current research, toward the perspective of the ‘host’ countries by taking a transnational approach to the construction of Romanian migration in the public sphere of the ‘sending’ country.” – Norman Fairclough, Emeritus Professor, Lancaster University, UK


Camelia Beciu/Mălina Ciocea/Irina Diana Mădroane/Alexandru I. Cârlan: Introduction: Intra-EU Labor Migration and Transnationalism in Media Discourses: A Public Problem Approach

Part 1. Intra-EU Labor Migration in the Media of the Sending Country: Between Instrumentalization and Empowerment 

Camelia Beciu/Mirela Lazăr: Migration and Country Status: The Rearticulation of Identities Through Media Counter-Discourses

Mălina Ciocea/Alexandru I. Cârlan: Debating Migration: Diasporic Stances in Media Discourse

Alina Dolea: The Impact of Migration on the Construction of Romania’s Country Image: Two Intersecting Public Problems

Part 2. Intra-EU Labor Migration and Deliberative Practices in the Public Sphere

Alexandru I. Cârlan/Mălina Ciocea: Media Deliberation on Intra-EU Migration: A Qualitative Approach to Framing Based on Rhetorical Analysis

Irina Diana Mădroane: Romanian Immigration in the British Newspapers: Engaging Audiences During the Brexit Referendum Campaign

Part 3. Identity Negotiation in the Transnational Field: Agency and Discourse

Irina Diana Mădroane: Migrant Identities and Practices in Media Advocacy Campaigns: The Construction of Claims and Audiences

Nicolae Perpelea: Media Hospitality to Diasporactivism and Diasporapathy in the News Community

Camelia Beciu: "Here" and "There": Identity-Building Strategies in Debates with Non-Migrants

Camelia Beciu/Mălina Ciocea/Irina Diana Mădroane/Alexandru I. Cârlan: Final Remarks: Media, Migration, and Transnational Practices