Divergent Perspectives about Social Problems in Romania. A Longitudinal Literature Review
This research primarily focuses on identifying the main trends documented in the scientific analysis of the way in which the Romanian media presented the internal social aspects. The method of research was the systematic analysis of the method used by the researchers in order to study the media representation of disadvantaged social groups. The analysis was made on a sample of seventy scientific articles published in Romanian scientific journals on the topic of media representation of disadvantaged social groups. The article is structured in three main parts. The first section reviews the international literature specialized on what is known as “Framing Theory”, which is the main general conceptual framework used to address representations of disadvantaged groups by the media. In the second part, I included the research project carried out on the above-mentioned subject, and the last section was devoted to the conclusions derived from the comparison between the specialized literature and the results of the systematic analysis. The reslts showed that in recent years (2000-2019), academic articles on this topic (scientific analysis of how the Romanian media presented disadvantaged groups) have recorded significant shortcomings in terms of content. At the same time, the loose presentation method, the omission of the implications in theoretical and/or practical terms and the studies that did not contain a section dedicated to the conclusions are a second subset of deficient elements highlighted in our analysis. It is obvious that in the absence of these elements, the analyzed studies have become, in fact, simple validations in Romanian context of established theories and have not presented elements of novelty, further development, both conceptually and methodologically.