Media for Diversity and Migrant Integration

Close Your Eyes and Think of England: Pronatalism in the British Print Media

TitleClose Your Eyes and Think of England: Pronatalism in the British Print Media
Publication TypeJournal Article
CountryUnited Kingdom
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsBrown, J. A., and M. M. Ferree
Journal TitleGender and Society
Place PublishedLondon, UK
1) Abstract

The article examines how British newspapers frame the issue of declining birthrate in the country as a social problem and as a threat to the nation. The article firstly explains the main themes that appear in the print media as reasons for the declining rate and then discusses these themes in the context of how newspapers frame immigration. The article found that overall, left wing newspeprs were less likely to employ pro-natalist language

2.1) Publication LanguageEnglish
2.2) Type & Structure

Literature review
Immigration, nationalism and pronatalist politics

2.3) Original Research or Not


3.1) Main Issues

Amongst other analyses, the articles were coded according to their framing of immigration as a part of the problem or part of the solution of the declining birthrate. The coded articles were then compared to a sample of other articles about immigration in order to place the discourse about native-born population decline into wider context of media immigration. The paper found that a number of newspaper articles connected maintaining Britain's cultural identity with reproduction and that the preferred solution would be an increase in the native-born birthrate. However, overall a majority of the articles presented immigration as either positive, neutral or conditionally acceptable.

3.2) Media

202 articles from 10 British newspapers, selected via keyword searches.

3.3) Media Genres

Newspaper articles

3.4) Key Theories

Content analysis

4.1) Relevance

The article could be useful because it introduces a gendered dimension to the literature review. It also enhances our understanding of how certain UK newspapers present certain issues surrounding immigration and, maybe more importantly, the interdiscursivity of immigration discourse.

Keywordscontent, discourse, discrimination, language, representation, United Kingdom
Tagsbirth, discourse, gender, immigration, reproduction, women