Migration moves people, ideas and things. Migration shakes up political scenes and instigates new social movements. It redraws emotional landscapes and reshapes social networks, with traditional and digital media enabling, representing, and shaping the processes, relationships and people on the move. The deep entanglement of media and migration expands across the fields of political, cultural and social life. For example, migration is increasingly digitally tracked and surveilled, and national and international policy-making draws on data on migrant movement, anticipated movement, and biometrics to maintain a sense of control over the mobilities of humans and things. Also, social imaginaries are constituted in highly mediated environments where information and emotions on migration are constantly shared on social and traditional media. Both, those migrating and those receiving them, turn to media and communicative practices to learn how to make sense of migration and to manage fears and desires associated with cross-border mobility in an increasingly porous but also controlled and divided world. The SAGE Handbook of Media and Migration offers a comprehensive overview of media and migration through new research, as well as a review of present scholarship in this expanding and promising field. It explores key interdisciplinary concepts and methodologies, and how these are challenged by new realities and the links between contemporary migration patterns and its use of mediated processes. Although primarily grounded in media and communication studies, the Handbook builds on research in the fields of sociology, anthropology, political science, urban studies, science and technology studies, human rights, development studies, and gender and sexuality studies, to bring to the forefront key theories, concepts and methodological approaches to the study of the movement of people. In seven parts, the Handbook dissects important areas of cross-disciplinary and generational discourse for graduate students, early career researcher, migration management practitioners, and academics in the fields of media and migration studies, international development, communication studies, and the wider social science discipline. Part One: Keywords; Part Two: Methodologies; Part Three: Communities; Part Four: Borders and Rights; Part Five: Representations; Part Six: Spatialities and Part Seven: Conflicts.
As tens of millions of displaced people around the world have fled their homes in a phenomenon that experts predict will only grow larger in the coming decades, an accompanying need for a greater understanding of refugee information practices has become evident. While some research has sporadically been carried out on this topic, it is only within recent years that a growing body of vibrant new work on refugee communications has appeared (e.g., Dekker et al., 2018; Gillespie et al., 2018; Leurs and Ponzanesi, 2018; Leurs and Smets, 2018; Witteborn, 2015, 2018). This chapter seeks to contribute to this scholarship by introducing the emergent concept of information precarity, ‘the condition of instability that refugees experience in ...