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Local, Regional and Global Media at a Time of Forced Migration: Evolving Geometries of Power

  • Naomi Sakr
  • Jeanette Steemers
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Abstract

Highlighting gaps in our understanding of processes underpinning the making and circulation of children’s screen content across the Arab region and Europe, this chapter explains how this book sets aside Euro- or Arab-centrism to engage with an outward-looking version of what might be called child-centrism in respect of policy and production. We consider recent disruptive shifts in regional geopolitics and large-scale population movements, before discussing production initiatives for displaced and anxious children in Arab and European countries. We contemplate the challenges of terms like “local” and “global” in relation to the Arab world and Europe, before setting out a framework informed by the concept of “power-geometries” (Massey, Power-Geometry and a Progressive Sense of Place. In Mapping the Futures: Local Cultures, Global Change, ed. Jon Bird, Barry Curtis, Tim Putnam, George Robertson, and Lisa Tickner, 59–69. London: Routledge, 1993), and questions about who has the power to initiate flows and who is on the “receiving end.”

Keywords

Convention on the Rights of the Child Ethnocentrism Child migration Local and global Power-geometries Sesame Workshop 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naomi Sakr
    • 1
  • Jeanette Steemers
    • 2
  1. 1.Westminster School of Media and CommunicationUniversity of WestminsterHarrowUK
  2. 2.Department of Culture, Media & Creative IndustriesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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