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Perspectivas de la comunicación

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Abstract

DEMONTE, Flavia. MEDIA NARRATIVES ON COVID-19 IN LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS, ARGENTINA. Perspect. comun. [online]. 2022, vol.15, n.1, pp.7-42. ISSN 0718-4867.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-48672022000100007.

The article comparatively analyzes the news published in digital media about COVID-19 in low-income neighborhoods of the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires and Resistencia, Argentina, from March to November 2020. Through a qualitative investigation, mass, local and community digital media representative of each area were selected, and news on the situation of poor neighborhoods in relation to the epidemiological situation, the populations that inhabit them, the relationship with health services and the social, economic, political and cultural impact of the pandemic was identified. Next, a recurrently themed case was selected in the media from each area analyzed (Barrio Mugica in the city of Buenos Aires and Barrio Toba in Resistencia) and the news referring to those neighborhoods was analyzed comparatively. From the news on COVID-19 in the cases constructed by the media, narratives about the virus, the disease, and the causes of its spread, about those affected and their own deaths were updated from the media coverage of the epidemics. It is concluded that these narratives are effects of the metaphorization processes that assimilate epidemics with situations of war in which enemies, victims, heroes, and martyrs are built. These recurrences transcend the media and its news coverage since they are marks of how the process of health, disease and care is symbolized, experienced, and managed in our society.

Keywords : health; inequality; digital press; media agenda; narrative; qualitative analysis.

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