Beyond disaster framing: exploring multi-mandate INGOs’ representations of conflict

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Abstract

This article examines how and why multi-mandate INGOs represent contemporary armed conflicts in particular ways. Based on empirical analysis of NGO communications and interviews with staff, it finds that these organisations typically adopt a two-track approach to representing conflicts. They use mainstream media to present consequence-oriented accounts to the general public, while utilising alternative channels to represent more nuanced depictions of conflict to more targeted audiences. These alternative forms of communication often aim to disrupt the dominant narratives of conflict produced by influential policy or media actors. Decisions about how to represent conflict are shaped by organisations’ histories, identities and funding relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)642-660
Number of pages20
JournalThird World Quarterly
Volume39
Issue number4
Early online date20 Jul 2017
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Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • Civil society
  • ICT and the digital economy
  • conflict and security
  • disasters
  • humanitarianism

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Beyond disaster framing: exploring multi-mandate INGOs’ representations of conflict. / Walton, Oliver.

In: Third World Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2018, p. 642-660 .

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