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Blaming the Victim

Blaming the Victim

How Global Journalism Fails Those in Poverty

by Jairo Lugo-Ocando

An analysis of how poverty is misrepresented in mainstream media, and a look at what really lies behind these narratives.
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.

Jairo Lugo-Ocando is a lecturer and Deputy Director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Blaming the Victim: How Global Journalism Fails Those in Poverty (Pluto, 2014). His research addresses the relation between journalism, development, poverty and social exclusion.

'Provides the clearest of reasons for setting aside the traditional rules of journalism' - Danny Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1% and All That Is Solid 'The book should be read by everyone interested in way the media deal with issues of economic inequality and injustice' - Democratic Communiqué
List of Tables
1. The Subjectivity of Poverty
2. The Poverty of Ideas in the Newsroom - with Steven Harkins
3. What Lies Beneath?
4. Africa, that Scar on Our Face - with Patrick O. Malaolu
5. Visual Journalism and Global Poverty - with Scott Eldridge II
6. Spinning Poverty!
7. The Emergence of Alternative Voices
Conclusion: Beyond the Unsustainable News Agenda
Published by Pluto Press in Dec 2014
Paperback ISBN: 9780745334417
eBook ISBN: 9781783712274

224 pages

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