Ethnolinguistic identity and television use in a minority language setting

Jake Harwood, Laszlo Vincze

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Based on the model of Reid, Giles and Abrams (2004, Zeitschrift für Medienpsychologie, 16, 17-25), this paper describes and analyzes the relation between television use and ethnolinguistic-coping strategies among German speakers in South Tyrol, Italy. The data were collected among secondary school students (N = 415) in 2011. The results indicated that the television use of the students was dominated by the German language. A mediation analysis revealed that TV viewing contributed to the perception of ethnolinguistic vitality, the permeability of intergroup boundaries, and status stability, which in turn affected ethnolinguistic-coping strategies of mobility (moving toward the outgroup), creativity (maintaining identity without confrontation), and competition (fighting for ingroup rights and respect). Findings and theoretical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-142
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Media Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Applied Psychology


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