Chapter 28. Global Representations of Distant Suffering

  1. Nikolas Coupland
  1. Lilie Chouliaraki

Published Online: 7 OCT 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch28

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

How to Cite

Chouliaraki, L. (2010) Global Representations of Distant Suffering, in The Handbook of Language and Globalization (ed N. Coupland), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch28

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 OCT 2010
  2. Published Print: 6 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175814

Online ISBN: 9781444324068

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Keywords:

  • global representations of distant suffering;
  • tsunami-stricken beaches to bloody riots in Burma or Iran to war footage from Iraq or Gaza - experiences of human misfortune;
  • role of media, news media in terms of instrumental obligations;
  • mediated representation and public action;
  • three approaches, relationship between mediated representation and public action;
  • analytics of mediation - ‘analytics’ which Foucault borrows from Aristotle, distinguishing his approach from a ‘grand’ theory of power;
  • construction of communitarian publics;
  • news stories with a different narrative of suffering - complex linguistic and visual representations inviting exclusive engagement with suffering;
  • ‘Manhattan panorama,’ extended sequence - providing a long shot of cityscape in grey smoke;
  • constructing a cosmopolitan public - out of a cluster of representational practices, the ‘emergency’ news

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Globalization, Representation, Ethics

  • The Textuality of Mediation

  • The Analytics of Mediation

  • The Construction of Communitarian Publics

  • The Construction of Cosmopolitan Publics

  • The Global Representation of Suffering

  • Conclusion

  • References