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Ethical Dilemmas in Mediation of International Aid: We Effect's Visual Communication from Kenya to Sweden
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how international development organizations are working to communicate campaigns and photographs from one cultural context to another. Additionally, will challenges in making campaigns which are both ethical appropriate and engaging be highlighted and discussed in relation to today’s impatient media landscape where globalization and development are dominated by economic interests. This research follows the international development cooperation We Effect and explore their whole media production process while making external communication from the work in Kenya to the target group in Sweden. The researcher has done interviews with decision makers at the head office in Stockholm, regional communicators in Nairobi, independent photographers and farmers in the fields of Kenya, visible in We Effect’s campaigns in Sweden. Additionally, ethnographical observations and diary notes contribute to answer the question how international organizations are planning, creating and distributing ethical and engaging media about development organizations long-term development work. In theoretical discussions, anchored in concepts about global culture, cosmopolitanism and how to mediate distant others, together with previous literature by Lilie Chouliaraki, Roger Silverstone and Stuart Hall, will this research state that there are several challenges in communicating messages from one cultural context to another. The distance, both geographical and mental, makes it challenging for the media producers and spectators to understand the same message; this research states that both the media producers and spectators’ interpretations of photographs and messages are dependent on their cultural background.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 91
Keywords [en]
Mediation of distant sufferers, cosmopolitanism, global culture, encode/decode, ethical dilemmas, engaging campaigns, international aid
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38605OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-38605DiVA, id: diva2:1337830
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We Effect
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Media and Communication Studies
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2019-07-18 Created: 2019-07-17 Last updated: 2019-07-18Bibliographically approved

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