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ERIC Number: EJ815984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7724
Historical Frames and the Politics of Humanitarian Intervention: From Ethiopia, Somalia to Rwanda
Shaw, Ibrahim Seaga
Globalisation, Societies and Education, v5 n3 p351-371 Nov 2007
This article argues that historical frames we often find in news media discourse can skew the way we perceive distant wars, and that this can have a knock-on effect on international humanitarian response within a cosmopolitan framework of global justice. Drawing on an empirical exploration of recent "humanitarian interventions" in Ethiopia, Somalia and Rwanda, the article shows how historical frames largely reinforced the elite-dominated news frames of "their crisis", and "not ours", which explains the delayed international intervention to end it. I conclude that the non-intervention, or delayed intervention, of the international community on humanitarian grounds to end these crises was informed more by historical empathy/distance frames than empathy/critical frames in the mainstream Western news media discourse. (Contains 21 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia; Rwanda; Somalia