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Title: Mass media and peace education: a case study on the november 13th 2015 Paris terrorist attacks
Author: Franzen, Caroline
Tutor: Kemoklidze, Nino  
Abstract: On 13 November 2015, Paris was hit by three coordinated terrorist attacks, later claimed by ISIS, considered by many internationally as a terrorist organization. This thesis explores one of the most pressing issues of our times: the symbiotic relationship between the media and terrorism, explained in this thesis. This relationship makes it complex for the media to play a positive role in Peace Education. The aim of this study is to develop an understanding of how the media can play a role in peace education through its coverage of terrorist attacks. It explores (a) whether the media coverage of the 13/11/2015 attacks in particular played any role in Peace Education and aims to shed light on (b) what characterizes this media coverage, as well as (c) French citizen's perceptions. The research then offers (d) ways in which this role of the media in peace education can be improved further, especially when covering acts of terrorism. To answer these questions, the author of this thesis engaged in interpretivist, qualitative data-analysis, conducting a series of in-depth interviews with 7 French citizens. An in-depth data analysis, combining thematic and narrative analysis, revealed issues of distrust in the media largely due to its sensationalism and over reporting which accentuates the state of anxiety and chaos. The results of the study suggest the need for a better control of social media, explained by the paradox of tolerance. The research concludes with a discussion on the main findings of the thesis and the normative standpoint the author takes. It engaged with a constructivist approach to Peace Education and the theory of mediatization and argues that media can indeed play a significant role in peace education.
Keywords: peace education
peace media
peace journalism
structural violence
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
Issue Date: Jun-2020
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