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‘Africa’ in the media: between starving children and smiling children

Mebarek-Daza, Daniel (2015) ‘Africa’ in the media: between starving children and smiling children. POLIS: journalism and society at the LSE (08 Dec 2015). Website.

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By LSE MSc student Daniel Mebarek-Daza Stories and images of hunger, conflict and underdevelopment have for long functioned as metonyms of Africa: a continent of vast ethnic, linguistic and geographical diversity. These narratives have reinforced the reductionist discourse of Africa as a site of monolith suffering, permanent crisis and hopelessness. Perhaps one of the most pronounced images to emerge from this trend has been that of starving children: a depiction which has largely been used by aid agencies in their campaigns to stir the reaction and the charity of the masses.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 11:01
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:08

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