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Ethnic media in the age of migration. The role of the Polish ethnic media in the process of social integration of Poles in the United Kingdom after May 2004 – media producers’ perspective

Tuchowski, Michal 2021. Ethnic media in the age of migration. The role of the Polish ethnic media in the process of social integration of Poles in the United Kingdom after May 2004 – media producers’ perspective. MPhil Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Abstract

Abstract This thesis examines Polish diasporic media's role in the United Kingdom after Poland joined the European Union in May 2004. It focuses upon the process of social integration of the Polish migrant community, critically exploring if, and to what extent Polish diasporic media help Polish migrants to adapt socially, culturally politically and economically within the host society. The public policy context for the research is important: a time when consecutive British governments advocated a retreat from 'multiculturalism' and a renewed public policy of 'social integration'. The research investigates the relationship between ethnic media and public policy, critically exploring how this shift may have influenced the role played by ethnic media in migrants' integration. The investigation begins with critical discussion of theories of ethnic media and social integration. It argues that diasporic media has integrative potential and can play an important role in migrants' social integration, especially within culturally diverse societies such as Britain. The empirical research offers an in-depth investigation of Polish media producers' ideas, beliefs, and attitudes, employing the research method of semi-structured interviews with journalists and media producers about the strategic aims of their journalism, their practices, the opportunities and pressures upon Polish ethnic media. The approach allows for a multifaceted analysis considering the complex correlations between migrant life, ethnic media and social integration. The research highlights some key areas where Polish diasporic media in the UK play an insufficient role in social integration. The research questions whether Polish ethnic media may encourage migrants to live within a closed world of diaspora and highlights how a lack of cooperation between UK governmental institutions (central and local) and diasporic media may negatively influence social integration. The thesis concludes that whilst the social integration role of Polish diasporic media should be rethought and enhanced by media producers. There is also an opportunity for UK public institutions to (re)discover ethnic media as valuable partners in building a socially integrated multicultural society in contemporary Britain.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 June 2021
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2021 15:14
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/141698

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