Forced Migration & Media-Mirrors

ISBN: 9789381043134
Binding:HardcoverSize: 234x156 mm
Pages: 224Year:

Forced migration is increasingly becoming a threat to peace and stability of people’s lives in many parts of the world. India is no exception to the trend. The fury of nature as well as the violence of human conflicts causes populations to be on the run, and seldom do they find solace in their new settlement.

How do the media reflect this phenomenon? Are they sensitive enough to the multiple dimensions of this great human tragedy – its impact on people’s rights, ethnic relations, gender justice, etc? Do biases creep in during their coverage? Are the voices of the dispossessed heard? How can the latter set up alternative channels to disseminate their own news and views? Do new media provide more possibilities in this regard?

Forced Migration & Media Mirrors looks at the relationship between media and forced migration from all these aspects and more in the context of the Indian subcontinent. While bringing the North-East and Himalayan West Bengal in special focus, it also contains in-depth studies on Gujarat and Karnataka. Along with the empirical studies, theoretical questions are amply discussed in the section ‘Interrogating the Media’. A number of photo-essays enhance its richness and variety.

The authors include both accomplished academics and ace journalists who have been studying the phenomenon of forced migration for a long time in their own ways. In this respect, the book is an attempt to bridge the media-academia divide.

Sibaji Pratim Basu is Associate Professor of Political Science at Sree Chaitanya College, Habra (West Bengal, India) and a regular contributor to academic journals/books as well as popular dailies, periodicals and news channels. He has also written and edited a number of books. His recent publications include: The Poet & The Mahatma: Engagement with Nationalism & Internationalism, an edited volume called, The Fleeing People of South Asia and also a co-edited volume, Politics in Hunger-Regime: Essays on the Right to Food in West Bengal. A member of Calcutta Research Group, Basu coordinated the Media Workshop and has edited this volume.

List of Contributors: Ammu Joseph, Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury, Anup Shekhar Chakraborty, Biswajit Roy, Chitra Ahnthem, Debraj Deb, Jayanta Kalita, Madhurilata Basu, Marko Szilveszter Macskovich, Nikhil Roshan, Nirmalya Banerjee, Rajat Roy, Sabir Ahamed, Shyamalendu Majumdar, Subir Bhaumik, Sudeep Basu, Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed.

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