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Erik
BLEICH

Political sciences - Unites States

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PROJECT

The Media and the Marginalized: Representations of Racial Justice Movements in the United States and France

Most residents of the United States and France have little direct, first-person interaction with the Black Lives Matter movement. How much people know about racial justice movements, how often they think about them, whether they conceptualize participants as benign or threatening, and what issues they most associate with them are based largely on what they glean from the media.

This research project explores how national and international media represent such movements both within and outside their own countries. It integrates computer-assisted methods that enable analysis of tens of thousands of newspaper articles with close readings of samples of stories. This approach reveals how the media portray racial justice movements and thus how they shape attitudes toward marginalized groups within societies.
 

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BIOGRAPHY

Erik Bleich is Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA. His research interests revolve around topics of race and ethnicity in the developed democracies of Western Europe and North America.

He has authored, edited, or co-edited five books, including Race Politics in Britain and France : Ideas and Policymaking since the 1960s (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and The Freedom to Be Racist ? How the United States and Europe Struggle to Preserve Freedom and Combat Racism (Oxford University Press, 2011). His forthcoming co-authored book is Covering Muslims: US Newspapers in Comparative Perspective (Oxford University Press). He has also published on topics such as Islamophobia, the status of Muslims, identity politics, and hate speech and hate crimes in journals such as World Politics, Theory and Society, and Social Forces.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Books and edited books
  • Covering Muslims: US Newspapers in Comparative Perspective, with A. Maurits van der Veen, forthcoming with Oxford University Press
  • Migrants, Minorities and the Media: Information, Representations and Participation in the Public Sphere, editor, with Irene Bloemraad and Els de Graauw, Routledge, 2017; also published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41, 6, 2015
  • Punir la Haine, editor, with Charles Girard; special issue of Esprit, October 2015
  • The Freedom to Be Racist? How the United States and Europe Struggle to Preserve Freedom and Combat Racism, Oxford University Press, 2011
  • Muslims and the State in the Post-9/11 West, editor, Routledge, 2010; also published as the March 2009 special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
  • Race Politics in Britain and France: Ideas and Policymaking since the 1960s, Cambridge University Press, 2003
Articles in revues
  • “Media Portrayals of Muslims: A Comparative Sentiment Analysis of American Newspapers, 1996-2015,” Erik Bleich and A. Maurits van der Veen, Politics, Groups, and Identities, 9, 1, 2021: 20-39. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/21565503.2018.1531770
  • “The Qualitative Transparency Deliberations: Insights and Implications,” Alan M. Jacobs, Tim Büthe, et al., Perspectives on Politics, 19, 1: 171-208. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1537592720001164
  • “Leveraging Identities: The Strategic Manipulation of Social Hierarchies for Political Gain,” Erik Bleich and Kimberly Morgan, Theory and Society, 48, 4, 2019: 511-34. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11186-019-09355-3
  • “Investigating Status Hierarchies with Media Analysis: Muslims, Jews, and Catholics in The New York Times and The Guardian Headlines, 1985-2014,” Erik Bleich, Hasher Nisar and Cara Vazquez, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 59, 3, 2018: 239-57
  • “Historical Institutionalism and Judicial Decision-Making: Ideas, Institutions, and Actors in French High Court Hate Speech Rulings,” World Politics, 70, 1, 2018: 53-85
  • “The Effect of Terrorist Events on Media Portrayals of Islam and Muslims: Evidence from New York Times Headlines, 1985-2013,” Erik Bleich, Hasher Nisar and Rana Abdelhamid, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39, 7, 2016: 1109-27
  • “What Makes Muslims Feel French?” Rahsaan Maxwell and Erik Bleich, Social Forces, 93, 1, 2014: 155-79
  • “What Is Islamophobia, and How Much Is There? Theorizing and Measuring an Emerging Comparative Concept,” American Behavioral Scientist, 55, December 2011: 1581-1600
  • “The Rise of Hate Speech and Hate Crime Laws in Liberal Democracies,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37, 6, July 2011: 917-34