War narratives
Making sense of conflict
in How media and conflicts make migrants
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This chapter examines the impact of changing patterns of news consumption and uneven coverage of global conflicts on the repertoires of understanding available to media audiences in Italy and the UK. In a moment when the power and reach of European nations is shifting and the terms of mutuality in the international community are under question, how we understand conflict, international responsibility and interdependence impacts directly on how migrants are viewed and received. The chapter begins with an overview of histories of representing war, and the inadequacy of these representations in conditions where conflict is no longer limited to specific territories and may be primarily carried out by non-state actors. We examine how these frameworks affect attitudes towards population movement. In the rest of the chapter, we examine the response of audiences – focusing on young people and their changing media habits, based on a survey carried out in the UK and Italy.

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