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The Chimera of International Community: News Narratives of Global Cooperation

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dc.contributor.author Ireri, Kioko
dc.contributor.author Ibold, Hans
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-19T08:47:55Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-19T08:47:55Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.issn 1932-8036
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/1381
dc.description A journal article by Kioko Ireri, lecturer at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, USIU-A en_US
dc.description.abstract References to “international community” have surged in the news. This study investigates how American journalists portray international community in their coverage. We assume that the phrase, while laden with possible meanings, is more than jargon. A growing number of global issues and crises require the kind of transnational cooperation that international community seems to encompass. Our study is guided by recent theoretical evaluations of international community and contributes to scholarly work on the role news narratives play in nurturing global civic sensibilities. We turned to ethnographic content analysis to analyze news constructions of international community from 2000 to 2010. Findings indicate that international community is more than diplomatic verbiage, yet it also lacks the collective identity and solidarity necessary for community. International community emerges as an amorphous fusion of nations, organizations, and elites. Many international communities appear in the news, not just one, and membership is fluid. As a potent symbol in the news, international community is not inconsequential. Our analysis reveals how the news narratives amplify a vision and shared awareness of global connectedness. en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Communication en_US
dc.subject International community en_US
dc.subject Journalism en_US
dc.subject Globalization en_US
dc.subject Foreign policy en_US
dc.subject Foreign news en_US
dc.subject Global cooperation en_US
dc.subject Global journalism en_US
dc.subject Transnational awareness en_US
dc.title The Chimera of International Community: News Narratives of Global Cooperation en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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