Journal of Intercultural Communication, issue 16, April 2008

Elza Ibroscheva & Jyotika Ramaprasad

Do media matter? A social construction model of stereotypes of foreigners


In an attempt to build on and make more complete existing models of stereotype formation, which have largely been cognitive in nature, this paper proposes a social construction model of stereotypes of foreigners, which includes a number of social factors, and in particular, the media, where media is defined as a complex variable composed of several exposure, nature of sources, content, and perceived effect.

Keywords: stereotypes, foreigners, social construction of reality, mass media

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