Framing Post-Cold War Conflicts

Framing Post-Cold War Conflicts

Framing Post-Cold War Conflicts:
The Media & International Intervention

Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780719076961
Amazon UK / Amazon USA


Tables and charts

1. Introduction: post-Cold War conflicts and the media

2. Somalia, 1992—94

3. Bosnia, 1992—95

4. Rwanda, 1994

5. Kosovo, 1999

6. Afghanistan, 2001

7. Iraq, 2003

8. Conclusions: framing post-Cold War conflicts


‘Philip Hammond’s Framing post-Cold War conflicts shows via compelling empirical data and analyses that the United Kingdom’s print media have systematically framed post-Cold war conflicts in ways that put their own governments and leaders in a favorable light. As these conflicts have almost invariably involved invading other and weaker countries, officials readily assume rights of aggression and a world of sovereign inequality; and so do the mainstream media. This is a valuable contribution both to media studies and the modalities of conflict in the age of “humanitarian intervention.” ‘
– Edward S. Herman, Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

‘…an extremely important, wide-ranging and original contribution to the study of media coverage of recent conflict….Above all, [Hammond’s] results highlight the media’s abject failure to subject the so-called humanitarian warfare of the post-Cold War period to the serious critique it really needed….[A]long with Hammond’s recently published Media, War and Postmodernity (Routledge), which explores more the theoretical problematics of post-Cold War conflicts, this text is likely to end up on the ‘‘essential reading’’ lists of many academics.’
– Richard Keeble, Journalism Studies, Vol. 9, No.6, 2008

‘This text is an exceptional primer for anyone (scholars, students, activists, and knowledge-seekers) interested in developing an understanding of invasion, the rationale(s) for invasion, and for media complicity in such affairs.’
– Ann Strahm, California State University, Stanislaus

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