What does it mean when images of refugees’ plight are shared on social media? Or when we respond to emotive NGO fundraising campaigns, or are heartened by do-good reality TV shows? Do these narratives offer incentives for genuine social change or only momentary feelings of individual satisfaction? Drawing on social theory, political economy and cultural studies, Media Solidarities explores the way in which media can both enable and obstruct meaningful bonds of solidarity and positive social change. Written in a highly approachable style, it ties theory to contemporary world events and media discourses through a series of examples and case studies. The book offers an analytical toolkit to critically understand media narratives of representation, participation and production and to challenge our perceptions of our selves and society. It will be fascinating reading for students in media and communications, politics, sociology, human geography and cultural studies.

Imagining equality with politics of hospitality

Imagining equality with politics of hospitality

In December 1997 an old rusty ship called Ararat headed from the shores of Turkey to Italy, carrying 836 passengers, mostly from the Kurdish regions of Turkey, seeking asylum in Europe. Among the passengers were 27-year-old Karzan, 22-year-old Sherim, and Nazin, a 23-year-old mother who had left Turkey with her brother and a 3-year-old son. Nazin was heading to Germany, where her husband already lived. Through networks of friends and relatives, they all had some kind of image of what life in Europe might entail, how they could prepare for it and what kind of jobs might be available, for instance, in Germany. Yet, they also knew that they might never reach Europe ...

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