Youth, identity, and stigma in the media: From representation to the young audience's perception

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This article presents results of a new audience study with African migrant children and young people in Lisbon's surroundings. Using qualitative and participatory methodologies in a nine-month study, we analyzed the role of the news in their lives, focusing specifically on their identity construction in light of the often stigmatizing media discourses. We have concluded that the experience of violence (perceived by them as the main cause of the community's negative external image) significantly mark the socialization process of the study group. This contributes to identity constructions that we classify into the following three categories: mistrustful identity, anguished identity, and stigmatized identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-212
Number of pages13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014



  • Children and young people
  • Ethnic minorities
  • News audience
  • Identity stigmatization

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