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Xenophobic responses on social media: the case of Donald Trump: Political Communication and Xenophobia on Social Media
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and Communication Studies.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

President Trump’s communication style is different than his predecessors and his colleagues in the political arena. He mainly communicates through social media, whether it is with other presidents, his followers or enemies. Moreover, Trump’s style of practicing politics is often referred to as populism. One of the features of populism is the sympathy for nationalism or xenophobic nationalism (Mudde 2013;2014). Therefore, this study tries to find out whether there are differences in xenophobic comments on the three main social media platforms of Donald Trump – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. In total, thirty comments were analysed classified amongst the three social media platforms and divided into the category of either ‘political’ or ‘non-political’. Findings show that the relation between Trump’s social media pages and xenophobia are related to intergroup anxiety and negative stereotypes (Stephan and Stephan, 2000). Furthermore, this study does not prove that there are differences in xenophobic comments between a political and a non-political post. However, it does conclude that Trump’s Facebook was the only social media platform that did not show any xenophobic comments, compared to the other two social media platforms that were analysed.

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2018. , p. 56
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-40542ISRN: JU-HLK-MKA-2-20180183OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-40542DiVA, id: diva2:1220534
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HLK, Media and Communication Studies
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2018-06-07, 22:56
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Available from: 2018-06-21 Created: 2018-06-18 Last updated: 2018-06-21Bibliographically approved

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