Geotema 50

Maria Cristina Cardillo, Pierluigi De Felice

Fra stereotipi e pregiudizi: Gabriele de Luca e la rappresentazione degli immigrati in alcune serie televisive italiane

Abstract: Between prejudices and stereotypes: Gabriele de Luca and the representation of immigrants in italian tv dramas

The representation of immigrants by media and popular culture may be accepted as an index of their level of social and cultural integration inside the local community. An Italian research, focused on media and immigrants, underlines “The inadequacy of the communication system to account for the complexity and, above all, of the different realities and plurimi subjects of the social body”. In summary, Italian media generally offer a stereotypical image, usually characterized by a dramatic perspective, by an emotional language and by a partial representation of the multifaceted world of “otherness”. Italian television dramas seem to be no exception and contribute to create a real negative mythopoeic of the migrant, who is usually depicted as an individual on the edge of society and legality. In order to make this point, after a short introduction to the topic, the article focuses on the TV series casting Gabriele de Luca, a young actor, who, because of his physiognomic attributes, is usually casted as a migrant. The analysis is completed by an interview with the actor.

Keywords: migrations, fiction.

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