Framing the Intifada: People and Media

Framing the Intifada: People and Media

Framing the Intifada: People and Media

Framing the Intifada: People and Media

Synopsis

The intifada, which began in December 1987, has become one of the longest running confrontations within the broad context of the Israeli-Arab conflict. This volume is not concerned with why the intifada phenomenon began, how it developed, or possible scenarios for the future. Rather, it is about communication and the intifada: what people have been saying, thinking, and writing about the conflict and about the messages being produced by the mass media. The book is a collection of studies conducted mostly in Israel and some other Western countries.

Excerpt

The intifada began in December 1987. It has been going on continuously and has by now become one of the longest running confrontations within the broad context of the Israeli-Arab conflict. While many regional conflicts have been resolved in recent years, the intifada is going strong, despite occasional claims to the contrary.

Most, if not all, social phenomena are differentially perceived by the people involved in them as well as by outside spectators. The intifada provides an excellent example for this, given its longevity and the widespread interest it has generated. Moreover, in order to better appreciate such an occurrence, it makes good sense to examine it from varying perspectives, if possible, across time and space. For in order to obtain its “true” meaning, one must realize that there are indeed different viewpoints, and that “reality” is constantly changing.

Only comparative analyses can provide such a perspective. Most of the studies reported here offer comparisons along the synchronic dimension, namely, the way the intifada has been reflected in different places and by different people at a single point in time. Other studies deal with the diachronic dimension, that is, how the phenomenon changed over time. Yet a third set of research attempts to examine both, dimensions simultaneously.

The intifada research project began in October 1988, when researchers at the Smart Family Foundation Communications Institute of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem launched a series of studies on the topic. Some were proactive in nature, that is, with data collection beginning from that date forward, while others included a retroactive perspective, that is, with data from an earlier time being used. Several non-Institute members who were studying relevant aspects of the intifada were also asked to join the project or submit their work to this volume.

This volume is not concerned with why the intifada phenomenon began or how it developed, or with possible scenarios for the future. Rather, this book is about communication and the intifada: It is about what people have been saying, thinking, and writing about the conflict and about the messages being produced by the mass media.

The book is a collection of studies conducted mostly in Israel (including the occupied territories), and in some Western countries. A common

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.