Identity, Belonging and the Role of the Media in Brexit Britain
1 September 2018 - 30 November 2020
Researcher: Professor Katharine Tyler
Funding awarded to Exeter (total funding of £ 753,728)
About the research
This project will explore ethnographically the attitudes, beliefs and values of individuals from different social backgrounds (in terms of ethnicity, migration status, nationality, class, gender, religion and generation) and geographical locations regarding questions of immigration, national identity and European belonging in the face of Britain's exit from the EU, and how this is reflected in identity formations. Because the media has become inseparable from these political and social processes we will ask: What role have media narratives around Brexit (both within traditional and social media sources) played in these processes; to what extent are they reflected in everyday lives; and in turn, to what extent are the narratives that are uncovered in the everyday mirrored in the media? To address these questions we will develop innovative research strategies that integrate in-depth multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork conducted across different areas of England with quantitative national and local media content analysis.