Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745334417 Published December 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745334424 Published May 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Blaming the Victim

How Global Journalism Fails Those in Poverty

Jairo Lugo-Ocando

Blaming the Victim

Jairo Lugo-Ocando

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745334417 Published December 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745334424 Published May 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1: The subjectivity of poverty
2: The poverty of ideas in the newsroom
3: What lies beneath?
4: Africa, that scar on our face
5: Visual Journalism and Global Poverty
6: Spinning poverty!
7: The emergence of alternative voices
Conclusions: Beyond the unsustainable news agenda
References
Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
Democratic Communique
Blaming the Victim is a cogent indictment of the news media’s coverage of poverty around the globe and of the ideological agendas that coverage serves….Well supported with data and details and powerfully argued. The book should be read by everyone interested in way the media deal with issues of economic inequality and injustice.”
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