Poverty, it seems, is a constant in today's news, usually the result of
famine, exclusion or conflict. In Blaming the Victim, Jairo Lugo-Ocando
sets out to deconstruct and reconsider the variety of ways in which the
global news media misrepresent and decontextualise the causes and
consequences of poverty worldwide. The result is that the fundamental
determinant of poverty - inequality - is removed from their accounts.
The books asks many biting questions. When - and how - does poverty become newsworthy? How does ideology come into play when determining the ways in which 'poverty' is constructed in newsrooms - and how do the resulting narratives frame the issue? And why do so many journalists and news editors tend to obscure the structural causes of poverty?In analysing the processes of news production and presentation around the world, Lugo-Ocando reveals that the news-makers' agendas are often as problematic as the geopolitics they seek to represent. This groundbreaking study reframes the ways in which we can think and write about the enduring global injustice of poverty.
Blaming the Victim : How Global Journalism Fails Those in Poverty - Jairo Lugo-Ocando
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