Impact of Communication and the Media on Ethnic Conflict

Impact of Communication and the Media on Ethnic Conflict

Steven Gibson (Northcentral University, USA) and Agnes Lucy Lando (Daystar University, Kenya)
Release Date: December, 2015|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 344
ISBN13: 9781466697287|ISBN10: 1466697288|EISBN13: 9781466697294|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9728-7


Throughout the world, cultural and racial clashes remain a major hurdle to development and progress. Though some areas are experiencing successful intercultural communications which pave the way for peaceful negotiations, there are still many regions experiencing severe turmoil.

Impact of Communication and the Media on Ethnic Conflict focuses on both the positive and negative outcomes of communication and media usage, as well as the overall perceptions of these elements, within conflicting populations. Featuring theoretical perspectives on various intergroup interaction experiences within contemporary ethnic controversies, this publication will appeal to scholars, researchers, professors, and practitioners interested in ethnic studies, conflict resolution, communications, and global peace building.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Autoethnographic Research
  • Conflict Intervention
  • Genocide
  • Inter-Ethnic Violence
  • Peace Building
  • Postracial Justice
  • Social Media

Reviews and Testimonials

Scholars of communication offer perspectives on ethnic conflict and the role of the media and communication in it. Their topics include the role of traditional and new media in ethnic conflict in Nigeria's Middle Belt region, newspaper reporting of the Trayvon Martin shooting, Islamaphobic discourse and inter-ethnic conflict: the influence of news media coverage of the ISIS beheadings on identity processes and inter-group alliances, postracial justice and the trope of the "race riot," the amplification of the Sunni-Shia divide through contemporary communications technology, and traditional culture and communication as the missing link in cattle rustling interventions among pastoralist communities in northern Kenya.

– ProtoView Reviews

While there are other works that deal with media, conflict, and stereotypes this is the first that also incorporates new types of media. The book is made up of 17 chapters in three sections. The sections include, Communication Frameworks, New Media Impacts, and Ethnic Conflict Interventions. Most of the chapters deal with conflict in the Middle East and Africa, though some address events in the United States. A list of contributors with biographical information is located at the end of the monograph. Each chapter contains an abstract, an often lengthy reference section, and an additional readings section that is usually identified as suggested readings. The chapters conclude with a key terms and definitions section providing readers with additional information. Each chapter also has its own DOI for citing purposes. The book concludes with a compilation of references and a brief index. The monograph is hardback, and the print is large and easy to read. Overall the volume should hold up over time. The language and subject matter makes this a good addition to academic libraries and will probably be the first of many more monographs on this topic. [...].

– Melissa M. Johnson, ARBA Reviews

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Steven Gibson is an author of books, chapters, and monographs on violence, conflict, and cognitive studies. Gibson's research has been located in studies of conflict resolution within multi-ethnic national polities. Additionally, his published research into machine representation of human communication is cross-discipline between communication research and computer science.
Agnes Lucy Lando obtained her PhD in Social Communication from The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, in 2008. Dr. Lando is a Senior Lecturer at Daystar University, Kenya. She teaches BA, MA and PhD Communication programs, supervises Dissertations; and serves in the Ethics Committee of the University.She has published in communication Ethics, Higher Education in Africa, the idea of a Catholic University in the 21st century, The Critical Role of Crisis Communication Plan, Rumours on Social Media, and the subtle Kenya 2013 Post-Election Violence. She won the 2013 George Gerbner Excellence Award. She is a member of IAMCR, ICA, NCA, IALIC and EACA. Dr. Lando is an external examiner for Makerere University (Uganda), in the Department of Journalism and Communication; and a visiting lecturer at St. Augustine University of Tanzania. Touched by the plight of students dropping out of university due to financial challenges, Dr. Lando, in March 2013, founded Master Communicators Welfare Association (MCWA). The first scholarship was awarded on 14th March 2014. Currently, Dr. Lando is co-editing “Impact of Communication and the Media on Ethnic Conflict” whose publisher is IGI-Global.