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  • Yrtti, Kaisa (2017)
    Tiivistelmä - Referat - Abstract The focus of the study is to examine how immigrants and marginalization is represented in the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. As my material I used writings concerning marginalization of immigrants that were published in Helsingin Sanomat during 2013-2016. The frame analysis was used as an analytical framework. My examination was based on the social constructionism assumption that language constructs social reality. It was based on the assumption that media does not only reflect, but also actively participates in its significations. Three dominant frames were found in the data – threat, control and change. The marginalization of immigrants was seen as problematic as expected in all of the three frames, but different ways to manage, to control, to express and to talk about the phenomenon rose from the frames. In the frame of threat, the marginalization of immigrants was seen as a major security threat to us and the writings were keen to create threats of terrorism, radicalization and gang formation. In the frame of control, the management of problems and the fear that the problems would grow too big for us finns, became essential. In the frame of change, the structural change of our society, and the “new era” of Finland, were acknowledged. In addition to the frames, I paid my attention to the questions of media and its power in my study. Several studies have pointed out, that the frameworks of the media have seen to influence the common opinion of the citizens. Thus media does not only reflect objectively our social reality, but also actively produces it by exracting some concerns and emphasizing others. Media has a great responsibility, and our responsibility is to pay more attention to it in the future.