Political cartoons are a form of visual news discourse. Sociologists normally dismiss their ideological import on the grounds that cartoons simply offer newsreaders absurd accounts of putative "problem" conditions and are not likely to be taken very seriously. Nevertheless, it is through comedic conventions that cartoons seize upon and reinforce common sense and thus enable the public to actively classify, organize and interpret in meaningful ways what they see or experience about the world at a given moment. Informed by the interactionist theories of Goffman and Mead, two cartoons illustrating the recent "crisis" of "migrant waves" to Canada will be examined.

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Journal Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology
Greenberg, J. (2002). Framing and temporality in political cartoons: A critical analysis of visual news discourse. Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology (Vol. 39, pp. 181–198).