The myth of representations of Africa: A comprehensive scoping review of the literature

Scott, Martin (2017) The myth of representations of Africa: A comprehensive scoping review of the literature. Journalism Studies, 18 (2). pp. 191-210. ISSN 1469-9699

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    Abstract

    This paper presents the results of a comprehensive scoping review of all empirical research into US and UK media representations of Africa published between 1990 and 2014. The results show that existing research has a remarkably narrow focus on a specific number of countries, events, media and texts. Research into representations of North Africa, Francophone Africa, non-news genres, non-elite media and radio content, is particularly scarce. This, I contend, provides an insufficient basis for reaching any firm, generalizable conclusions about the nature of media coverage of Africa. In short, the widespread belief that we know how Africa is represented in the US and UK media is shown to be a myth. This paper also discusses how this myth has been maintained through misinterpretations of evidence and certain citation practices as well as the implications of these findings for the many corporations, governments, NGOs and researchers whose activities depend upon, or have helped to preserve, this myth.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: africa,media representations,scoping review,afro-pessimism
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
    University of East Anglia > Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > The State, Governance and Conflict
    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2015 23:38
    Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 10:49
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/53631
    DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2015.1044557

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