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The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs is an exciting, new open access journal hosted jointly by The Humanitarian Affairs Team at Save the Children UK, and Centre de Réflexion sur l’Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires MSF (Paris) and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester. It will contribute to current thinking around humanitarian governance, policy and practice with academic rigour and political courage. The journal will challenge contributors and readers to think critically about humanitarian issues that are often approached from reductionist assumptions about what experience and evidence mean. It will cover contemporary, historical, methodological and applied subject matters and will bring together studies, debates and literature reviews. The journal will engage with these through diverse online content, including peer reviewed articles, expert interviews, policy analyses, literature reviews and ‘spotlight’ features.

Our rationale can be summed up as follows: the sector is growing and is facing severe ethical and practical challenges. The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs will provide a space for serious and inter-disciplinary academic and practitioner exchanges on pressing issues of international interest.

The journal aims to be a home and platform for leading thinkers on humanitarian affairs, a place where ideas are floated, controversies are aired and new research is published and scrutinised. Areas in which submissions will be considered include humanitarian financing, migrations and responses, the history of humanitarian aid, failed humanitarian interventions, media representations of humanitarianism, the changing landscape of humanitarianism, the response of states to foreign interventions and critical debates on concepts such as resilience or security.

This collection interrogates the representation of humanitarian crisis and catastrophe, and the refraction of humanitarian intervention and action, from the mid-twentieth century to the present, across a diverse range of media forms: traditional and contemporary screen media (film, television and online video) as well as newspapers, memoirs, music festivals and social media platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube and Flickr). The book thus explores the historical, cultural and political contexts that have shaped the mediation of humanitarian relationships since the middle of the twentieth century. Together, the chapters illustrate the continuities and connections, as well as the differences, which have characterised the mediatisation of both states of emergency and acts of amelioration. The authors reveal and explore the significant synergies between the humanitarian enterprise, the endeavour to alleviate the suffering of particular groups, and media representations, and their modes of addressing and appealing to specific publics. The chapters consider the ways in which media texts, technologies and practices reflect and shape the shifting moral, political, ethical, rhetorical, ideological and material dimensions of international humanitarian emergency and intervention, and have become integral to the changing relationships between organisations, institutions, governments, individual actors and entire sectors.

Carrie Hamilton

s, the Spanish press quoted police sources saying female ETA militants were ‘dangerous elements’.27 Media representations betrayed a particular fascination with the fact that these women had been accused of committing armed actions. In an interview with five female ETA(pm) prisoners in 1982 in Cambio 16, the women are described as ‘hardened activists’; one in particular is portrayed as ‘tall, gorgeous, a whirlwind of energy and convictions’. A photograph accompanying the article shows a figure with long hair, standing on a mountain, holding a rifle, silhouetted

in Women and ETA
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Noi siamo i giovani - Youth in Italian popular media
Cecilia Brioni

histories, and to get beyond the widespread contrastive construction of Italian youth scrutinised above, this monograph focuses on the analysis of popular media representations of young people. Indeed, in popular culture there is no clear-cut division between ‘commercial’ and ‘political’ youth: emancipatory claims were often used to appeal to an audience of young people, and they impacted the definition

in Fashioning Italian youth
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Graham Harrison

Africa campaign tradition operates. To reduce it to its bare bones: direct, simple campaign action to free Africans or intervene to deal with a crisis based in lack. Prospects for the Africa campaign tradition The brief comparison of campaigning and media representations follows a similar line of argument to the comparison of the Africa campaign tradition and movements for global social justice. Both comparisons tend to highlight the specific boundaries within which the campaign tradition works. Africa campaigns enjoy a long and powerful sense of tradition, but the

in The African presence
Simon Peplow

’ housing and education policies, but their focus is not on local organisations and calls for public inquiries as a means of improving levels of public discourse regarding racial discrimination HE DISORDER 49 50 Race and riots in Thatcher’s Britain and disadvantage. Additionally, their contemporary publications lack access to subsequently available records. Examining the response to and impact of this disturbance, this chapter considers a number of aspects through study of local and national records, media representations and interviews with participants. First, it

in Race and riots in Thatcher’s Britain
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Relationships and the home
Rebecca Jennings

the inter-war and post-war years and featured as a theme in medical literature and in fictional representations of the lesbian.27 In the post-war decades, media representations of lesbianism also characterised lesbians as a threat to marital and family life, focusing on divorce cases and murder trials. The increased divorce rate in the late 1940s and 1950s resulted in a number of divorce cases, involving accusations of lesbianism, being widely reported in the press.28 The divorce of Mr James Lloyd Spicer and his wife, Mrs Patricia Greville Spicer, hit the news in

in Tomboys and bachelor girls
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The production of sports media broadcasts
Roslyn Kerr

draws attention not to sports media representations but to the processes by which these representations are produced. It considers how humans and technologies assemble together to produce what we view to be a seamless television broadcast. One of the most interesting aspects of a television broadcast is its global accessibility. A broadcast makes one game in a single location visible to countless people who are physically distant from where the game is happening. Broadcasts can also cross borders, with numerous

in Sport and technology
How the monarchy manages its image and our money
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The British royal family has experienced a resurgence in public interest in recent years. During the same period, global inequalities have expanded, leaving huge chasms of wealth inequality between ‘the elites’ and ‘the rest’. Yet, the monarchy is mostly absent from conversations about contemporary inequalities, dismissed as an archaic and irrelevant institution. This is the only book to argue that we cannot talk about inequalities in Britain today without talking about the monarchy.

Running the Family Firm is about the contemporary British monarchy (1953 to present). It argues that media representations (of, for example, royal ceremonies or royal babies) are the ‘frontstage’ of monarchy: this is what we usually see. Meanwhile, ‘backstage’, there are a host of political-economic infrastructures that reproduce the institution: this is what we don’t typically see. This book pulls back the stage curtain of monarchy and exposes what is usually hidden: how it looks versus how it makes its money and power.

Drawing on case studies of key royal figures – the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle – the book argues that media representations of the royal family are carefully stage-managed to ‘produce consent’ for monarchy in the public imagination. That is, the corporate power of monarchy (the Firm) is disguised through media representations of the royal family (the Family Firm). In so doing, the book probes conventional understandings of monarchy, and offers a unique and radical answer to the question ‘why does monarchy matter?’

Croatia’s sexualised and gendered (self-)ascriptions and its desire for European belonging
Michaela Schäuble

the complaint that Croatia’s historic role is not adequately acknowledged in Europe today (Schäuble 2014 , 2018 ). In this chapter I link the historic Antemurale Christianitatis narrative of Croatia’s strength as a desire-producing military border that can separate ‘Western civilisation’ from ‘Balkan barbarism’ to the most recent policies and media representations

in Borders of desire