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Theorising Disaster Communities: Global Dimensions and their Local Contexts.

Matthews, J. and Thorsen, E., 2022. Theorising Disaster Communities: Global Dimensions and their Local Contexts. Journal of International Communication. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/13216597.2022.2098164


This article posits an expanded conceptualisation of disaster communities. It extends previous research on disaster and media ecology by reflecting broader understandings of disaster but articulates a new analytical framework that recognises both their global dimensions and local contexts. When theorising disaster communities, we present a framework that unpacks the social, institutional and mediated points of connection that are characteristic of these communities and their communicative dynamics. These ties, we argue, are not defined solely by a shared geography but instead expand beyond this through the emergence of spontaneous connections that often emerge in response to disasters and their drivers. Moreover, these connections may also demonstrate a greater degree of permanency, provide boundary definitions and strengthen identity for these communities. Importantly, we recognise how media and journalism can create both new interrelations and consolidate existing points of connection for disaster communities and elaborate on the dynamics and composition of these mediated ties. The article closes by presenting avenues for future research to explore points of connection for disaster communities, in particular those established and consolidated by media, and the contribution of community approaches within the context of the globalised nature of disaster and their drivers.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Disaster community; local media; journalism; global flows; mediated ties
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:37274
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:26 Jul 2022 15:16
Last Modified:26 Jul 2022 15:16


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