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Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud

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CARDENAS, Camila  and  PEREZ, Carolina. Media representaitons of youth protests: The hood as a metaphor. Rev.latinoam.cienc.soc.niñez juv [online]. 2017, vol.15, n.2, pp.1067-1084. ISSN 1692-715X.

This study aims to demonstrate how one particular television report constructs an image of students as inherently aggressive and socially deviant social actors, portraying them as the ones responsible for the placement of a bomb in an underground station in Santiago (Chile) in 2014. The authors approach the figure of the hooded demonstrator ('encapuchado') as representative of mobilized youth, who are systematically marginalized and excluded from the public sphere through the news story. Methodologies from Critical Discourse Studies are used in the study, in which textual and visual modes of discourse are analyzed in relation to the recontextualization of actions and motives included in the narrative structure. Results suggest that young hooded students are metaphorically used to delegitimize the student movement as a whole, actively contributing to the interdisciplinary field of Youth Studies.

Keywords : youth; protest movement; student movement; Chile; mass media; news flow; storytelling; discourse; semiotics.

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