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Media and conflict: an assessment of the evidence

Schoemaker, Emrys and Stremlau, Nicole (2013) Media and conflict: an assessment of the evidence. Progress in Development Studies, 14 (2). pp. 181-195. ISSN 1464-9934

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1464993413517790


This article assesses the evidence used to in arguments for the role of the media in conflict and post-conflict situations. It focuses on two broad areas within the literature. First, it examines literature on the contribution of media in war to peace transitions, including assessment of evidence used to show how the media may contribute to violent conflict and how they may provoke, or hinder, post-conflict reconstruction. Second, it assesses evidence used in arguments for the role new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) such as the Internet and mobile phones may have in liberation or oppression in developing country contexts. Through reviewing some of the most significant papers that were systematically selected in a literature review on media and conflict, our findings suggest that there are serious gaps in the evidence and the majority of evidence is located in the “grey literature” or policy documents. The article concludes by suggesting future research agendas to address these gaps.

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Additional Information: © 2014 by SAGE Publications
Divisions: International Development
Justice and Security Research Programme
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Justice and Security Research Consortium (JSRP)
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 16:10
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 02:49
Projects: Justice and Security Research Programme

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