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Transnationalising Conflict: Somali Diasporic Media in Action

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Abstract

Studies examining the Somali media are generally quite scarce. Notable exceptions are studies exploring Somali web sites (Issa-Salwe 2011), those conducting a general mapping of Somali media (Gaas et al. 2012), studies that look into the role of the media in Somali peace- building efforts (Skjerdal 2012) that are often theoretical and region specific, and studies that were briefly conducted for training purposes (Somali Peace Facilitation Office, IGAD 2014). They very rarely explore diaspora media involvement in the Somali conflict. This becomes even more pertinent when the diaspora media in question occupies a hegemonic position within their media landscape. This chapter provides an empirically informed analysis of Somali diaspora media content using data collected from Somali web sites and television stations. In this way, the chapter provides the most comprehensive Somali diaspora media study thus far and explicitly demonstrates the ‘de-civilising’ potential of diaspora media.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Development StudiesSchool of Oriental and African StudiesLondonUK

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