The Evolution of Latino Threat Narrative from 1997 to 2014

Kai Wei
iConference 2016 Proceedings   unpublished
This study presents preliminary findings of a project focusing on the evolution of Latino threat narrative, a social process of portraying Latinos with derogatory terms. A total of 440,984 newspapers articles about Latinos across 13 news outlets from 1997 to 2014 were analyzed using text mining. The results of this study demonstrate the potential association between LTN in print news media and significant political and social events, including: September 11, 2001 terror event; passage of
more » ... tive immigration legislation in 2001, 2002, 2005, and 2006; and mass protests against immigration reform in 2006. The study also reveals greater intensity in the use of LTN-related words during the (Republican) Bush administration than the immediately preceding and following (Democratic) administrations. This is the first work that uses text mining techniques to explore Latino threat narrative at a large scale over a long period of time.
doi:10.9776/16582 fatcat:gzxx2fqcgbbcxkyaedr27vuytu