The Securitization and De-securitization of Syrian Refugees in the Lebanese Newspapers and Through the Lens of Refugees’ Narratives

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dc.contributor.author Sehli, Bahdja
dc.date.accessioned 2022-04-11T06:45:42Z
dc.date.available 2022-04-11T06:45:42Z
dc.date.copyright 2020 en_US
dc.date.issued 2020-07-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/13468
dc.description.abstract With the outbreak of Syria’s conflict in 2011, more than five million displaced Syrians sought refuge in neighboring countries, including Lebanon. These host countries have however portrayed their displacement as temporary and have taken restrictive measures to limit refugee influx and control mobility. In Lebanon, a country of “no-asylum”, displaced Syrians struggled with deteriorating livelihoods and an acute climate of securitization, compounded by historical and political tensions. Against this backdrop, the Lebanese print media, that internalized political factions’ speech acts, heavily engaged with the theme of refugees as security, economic and social threats. Still, unlike many accounts that portrayed this engagement as monolithic, this thesis argues that newspapers offered heterogeneous conceptions of the issue of refugee securitization. It also shows how Syrian refugees have in turn produced narratives to challenge prevalent media misconceptions. To explore the complex field of securitization versus de-securitization in the context of Syrian forced migration, this research will critically unpack how Lebanese newspapers have framed Syrian refugees through various discursive perspectives and platforms. More specifically, it will shed light on how two Lebanese newspapers, Annahar and Al Akhbar, have dealt with the issue of securitizing displacement from Syria, and how they have constructed various narratives and counter-narratives vis-à-vis refugeeness. In more specific terms, the research argues that while Annahar transmitted and vehiculated politicians’ security speech acts, Al Akhbar offered a discursive platform that allowed for rethinking refugeeness as a security threat. To provide a complimentary perspective, the research will examine how Syrian refugees have in turn resisted securitization through conveying their voices and producing counter-frames that challenged securitized portrayals. In so doing, the thesis will contribute to the complex literature on the processes, dynamics, and factors underlying the securitization and de-securitization of forced migration. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Refugees, Syrian -- Lebanon -- Political and social views en_US
dc.subject Mass media and public opinion -- Political aspects -- Lebanon en_US
dc.subject Forced migration -- Political aspects -- Lebanon en_US
dc.subject National security -- Lebanon en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title The Securitization and De-securitization of Syrian Refugees in the Lebanese Newspapers and Through the Lens of Refugees’ Narratives en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Migration Studies en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201806343 en_US
dc.author.commembers Kelley, Michele
dc.author.commembers King, Gretchen
dc.author.department Social and Education Sciences en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 online resource (x, 107 leaves) en_US
dc.author.advisor Fakhoury, Tamirace
dc.keywords Securitization en_US
dc.keywords De-securitization en_US
dc.keywords Counter-narratives en_US
dc.keywords Self-representation en_US
dc.keywords Media en_US
dc.keywords Syrian Refugees en_US
dc.keywords Discourse en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Includes bibliographical references (leaf 84-107) en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2022.318
dc.author.email bahdja.sehli@lau.edu en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/thesis.php en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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