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АНТИМИГРАНТСКАЯ РИТОРИКА В БРИТАНСКИХ СМИ ДО И ПОСЛЕ РЕФЕРЕНДУМА

Балакина Ю. В., Галочкин А. Е.

The present comparative study focuses on the British anti-migrant media discourse of two key periods of
migration policy - before and after Brexit. The methodological basis of the work constituted the theory of
social actors of van Leuven (2008), the conceptual opposition “us” and “them” by T. van Dijk (1989), and
the agenda-setting theory of M. McCombs and D. Shaw (1972). Using a comprehensive analysis of the selected
material and the methods of modern computer linguistics, the authors set themselves the task of identifying
changes in the tonality of media discourse, key strategies for representing migrants as social actors, and
analyzing the media agenda of various political stance with regard to the recent referendum. The data obtained
demonstrate the prevalence of the criminalization strategy of migrants in conservative media and their
victimization in liberal media both before and after the referendum. However, after the Brexit, there is a shift
from a clearly negative tone of media texts of both views to more neutral rhetoric. An analysis of the agenda
shows that significant political events unambiguously affect the number of publications in the media in general.
However, the strategies used to represent migrants are predefined by the political views of publications