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Studying ethnic minorities’ media uses:

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Dhoest Alexander, Cola Marta, Mauri Brusa Manuel, Lemish Dafna,
Project The role of media in cultural and social identities construction. The case of Kosovar immigrants in Switzerland
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Communication, Culture & Critique
Volume (Issue) 5
Page(s) 372 - 391
Title of proceedings Communication, Culture & Critique


This paper discusses conceptual and methodological issues in the study of ethnic minorities’ media uses. It does so by drawing on research experiences in different national contexts (Israel, Switzerland, and Belgium), looking for similarities but also differences related to the specific national contexts as well as the research designs and the ethnic groups involved. Starting froma broad reflection on ethnicity, the paper subsequently tackles issues such as the operational definition of ethnicity in ethnic labels, qualitative sampling procedures, language use, and problems of translation, as well as personal research experiences. By comparing national contexts and research experiences, we find recurring issues with specific national inflections, making us more aware of the specificity of ethnic matters in different contexts.