Humanitarianism is defined by assumptions that guide global solidarity, and posits that all peoples are part of the same humanity, no matter who they are, what they believe or where they live. These principles suggest that when media show the suffering of others, global publics respond in ways that facilitate disaster relief and help alleviate pain. But reactions to crises are also shaped by those who bear witness, tell the stories, share the data, and take the pictures of communities rocked by crises. Media content can also help humanitarians who seek to address root causes of disasters, or it can serve to obscure the causes in many ways.
This series explores the multiple intersections between media and the work of humanitarian actors, and offers critical analysis of media, its uses, its coverage, how it has changed, and how it is misused in the representation of humanitarianism. Authors identify cutting-edge uses of new media technologies, including big data and virtual reality, and assess the conventions of older legacy media. For movements toward global peace, all peoples should be represented at the table and have their voices heard, including those outside the media spotlight.
White Saviorism and Popular Culture Imagined Africa as a Space for American Salvation
By Kathryn Mathers
September 13, 2022
This book interrogates the white savior industrial complex by exploring how America continues to present an imagined Africa as a space for salvation in the 21st century. Through close readings of multiple mediated sites where Americans imagine Africa, this book examines how an era of new media ...
By Yehia Ghanem
August 01, 2022
This book reveals how Al Jazeera and its news coverage became a force for change politically, socially and culturally in the Middle East in general, and the Arab world in particular. It explores pre-Al Jazeera and post-Al Jazeera representations of humanitarian crises and identifies a potentially ...
By Robin Andersen, Adrian Bergmann
July 02, 2019
This book identifies the history, conventions, and uses of security discourses, and argues that such language and media frames distort information and mislead the public, misidentify the focus of concern, and omit narratives able to recognize the causes and solutions to humanitarian crises. What ...