Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorTessmer, Michael Laneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-18T08:00:22Z
dc.date.available2019-06-18T08:00:22Z
dc.date.issued2019-06-17
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:21055en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/90217
dc.description.abstractThis thesis answers the question of how public opinion toward refugees and asylum-seekers expressed in opinion polls compares with that expressed through commentary on news articles posted by Cable News Network (CNN) on social media. Using a study of 2,022 Facebook comments regarding the plight of Syrian child Omran Daqneesh during the 2016 United States presidential election campaign, it reveals competing narratives in favor of and against the opening of American borders to individuals escaping conflict in Syria. The analysis of textual data encompasses themes of securitization and cosmopolitanism, the results of which provide clarity and texture to complement existing opinion poll data. While such polls provide snapshots of public opinion, an analysis of social media commentary reveals more clearly what and how people were thinking about Syrian refugees fleeing conflict and entering the United States at a specific point in time. This study leads to a heightened understanding of the nuances contributing to public opinion of refugee policies and assesses social media's capacity to reveal complexities of citizens' thinking.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsThis item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. Some uses of this item may be deemed fair and permitted by law even without permission from the rights holder(s), or the rights holder(s) may have licensed the work for use under certain conditions. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights holder(s).en_US
dc.subjectRefugee Resettlementen_US
dc.subjectPublic Opinionen_US
dc.subjectSecuritizationen_US
dc.subjectCosmopolitanismen_US
dc.subjectSocial Mediaen_US
dc.titleSecuritization and Refugee Resettlement Policy: Using Social Media to Understand Public Attitudesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPolitical Scienceen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairMilly, Deborah J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberJewitt, Caitlin Elizabethen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStivachtis, Ioannisen_US


Files in this item

Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record