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Analysing the media repertoires that Swiss expatriates use to inform themselves about their heritage country


Vogler, Daniel; Schneider, Jörg (2023). Analysing the media repertoires that Swiss expatriates use to inform themselves about their heritage country. The Journal of International Communication (JIC), 29(2):175-195.

Abstract

For people who migrate, the media are an important source of information about their heritage country. However, we know little about which media expatriates from wealthy countries like Switzerland use to inform themselves about their heritage country. Using data from a readership survey of the Swiss Revue, the official publication of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA), we investigate the media consumption of Swiss expatriates. We identify five distinct media repertoires of Swiss expatriates when they inform themselves about their heritage country. How strongly individuals are connected to Switzerland correlates with the intensity of media consumption. We show that the less connected individuals are to Switzerland, the less they use the media for information about their heritage country. Specifically, expatriates who are registered as Swiss voters more often consult the media to follow events in Switzerland than individuals who are not eligible to vote.

Abstract

For people who migrate, the media are an important source of information about their heritage country. However, we know little about which media expatriates from wealthy countries like Switzerland use to inform themselves about their heritage country. Using data from a readership survey of the Swiss Revue, the official publication of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA), we investigate the media consumption of Swiss expatriates. We identify five distinct media repertoires of Swiss expatriates when they inform themselves about their heritage country. How strongly individuals are connected to Switzerland correlates with the intensity of media consumption. We show that the less connected individuals are to Switzerland, the less they use the media for information about their heritage country. Specifically, expatriates who are registered as Swiss voters more often consult the media to follow events in Switzerland than individuals who are not eligible to vote.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute for Research on the Public Sphere and Society
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Communication
Uncontrolled Keywords:Media repertoires; immigrantmedia; transnational media;heritage country; citizensabroad; Switzerland
Language:English
Date:3 July 2023
Deposited On:14 Feb 2023 07:35
Last Modified:28 Mar 2024 04:34
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1321-6597
Additional Information:UZH Angehörige haben online Zugriff zu diesem Journal.
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13216597.2022.2162948