Representing Mass Violence: Conflicting Responses to Human Rights Violations in Darfur

Representing Mass Violence: Conflicting Responses to Human Rights Violations in Darfur

By Joachim Savelsberg J.
Book Description

How do interventions by the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court influence representations of mass violence? What images arise instead from the humanitarianism and diplomacy fields? How are these competing perspectives communicated to the public via mass media? Zooming in on the case of Darfur, Joachim J. Savelsberg analyzes more than three thousand news reports and opinion pieces and interviews leading newspaper correspondents, NGO experts, and foreign ministry officials from eight countries to show the dramatic differences in the framing of mass violence around the world and across social fields.

“A pathbreaking examination of the multiple international narratives around Darfur by human rights advocates, humanitarians, journalists, and diplomats. Thorough and rigorous—an essential contribution to the scholarship.”
— ALEX DE WAAL, Executive Director, World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School, Tufts University

“Darfur is the modern genocide that refuses to end, and this volume gives this mass atrocity the attention it deserves. It does so in highly original ways, including an unprecedented global analysis of media coverage, activism, and advocacy.” — JOHN HAGAN, John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University and Co-Director of the Center on Law and Globalization at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago

“Joachim Savelsberg’s engagement with the critics of the human rights regime, coupled with his analysis of media representations and their national variations (and similarities), provides a perspective that is more encompassing than anything I am aware of.” — DANIEL LEVY, Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University

JOACHIM J. SAVELSBERG is Professor of Sociology and Law and Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair at the University of Minnesota. He is the coauthor of American Memories: Atrocities and the Law and author of Crime and Human Rights: Criminology of Genocide and Atrocities.

Table of Contents
  • Title
  • Imprint
  • Dedication
  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Introduction: Questions, Theory, Darfur, Data
  • Part One. Justice versus Impunity
  • 1. Setting the Stage: The Justice Cascade and Darfur
  • 2. The Human Rights Field and Amnesty International
  • 3. American Mobilization and the Justice Cascade
  • Part Two. Aid versus Justice: The Humanitarian Field
  • 4. The Humanitarian Aid Field and Doctors Without Borders
  • 5. The Humanitarian Complex and Challenges to the Justice Cascade: The Case of Ireland
  • Part Three. Peace versus Justice: The Diplomatic Field
  • 6. Diplomatic Representations of Mass Violence
  • 7. The Diplomatic Field in National Contexts: Deviations from the Master Narrative
  • Part Four. Mediating Competing Representations: The Journalistic Field
  • 8. Rules of the Journalistic Game, Autonomy, and the Habitus of Africa Correspondents
  • 9. Patterns of Reporting: Fields, Countries, Ideology, and Gender
  • 10. Conclusions: Fields, the Global versus the National, and Representations of Mass Violence
  • Postscript
  • Appendix A. Photo Credits and Copyright Information
  • Appendix B. Interview Guidelines
  • Appendix C. Code Book Explanations
  • Notes
  • References
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