This book examines the ‘European refugee crisis’, offering an in-depth comparative analysis of how public attitudes towards refugees and humanitarian dispositions are shaped by political news coverage.

An international team of authors address the role of the media in contesting solidarity towards refugees from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Focusing on the public sphere, the book follows the assumption that solidarity is a social value, political concept and legal principle that is discursively constructed in public contentions. The analysis refers systematically and comparatively to eight European countries, namely, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Treatment of data is also original in the way it deals with variations of public spheres by combining a news media claims-making analysis with a social media reception analysis. In particular, the book highlights the prominent role of the mass media in shaping national and transnational solidarity, while exploring the readiness of the mass media to extend thick conceptions of solidarity to non-members. It proposes a research design for the comparative analysis of online news reception and considers the innovative potential of this method in relation to established public opinion research.

The book is of particular interest for scholars who are interested in the fields of European solidarity, migration and refugees, contentious politics, while providing an approach that talks to scholars of journalism and political communication studies, as well as digital journalism and online news reception.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.tandfebooks.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

chapter 1|9 pages


A divided Europe? Solidarity contestation in the public domain
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part I|95 pages

chapter 2|21 pages

Debating solidarity across borders

12The public sphere and role of the media
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chapter 4|23 pages

Solidarity under siege

The ‘refugee crisis’ in the news media
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chapter 5|21 pages

Bottom-up solidarity contestation through social media

How Facebook users respond to political news
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part II|72 pages

chapter 7|8 pages

Solidarity contestation in Germany – ‘Can we really do it?’

Refugee solidarity in the German context 1
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chapter 8|7 pages

Solidarity contestation in Denmark

A national escape from transnational crisis 1
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chapter 9|7 pages

Solidarity contestation in France

Bottom-up polarisation and segmentation
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chapter 10|8 pages

Solidarity contestation in Greece

Standing on the verge of emergency 1
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chapter 11|8 pages

Solidarity contestation in Italy

A dual debate between regulatory and confrontational discussions
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chapter 12|7 pages

Solidarity contestation in Poland

The categorical denial of responsibility 1
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chapter 13|7 pages

Solidarity contestation in the UK

Reluctance during political uncertainty
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The divided Europe of solidarity contestation
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