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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.103

Humanitarian actions and solidarities in the media discourse


  • Dr. Miroslava LUKIC KRSTANOVIC

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The codification of humanitarian actions and solidarities belongs to the broader area of social politics, state policy and the civil sector. While humanitarian aid is more focused on concrete situations, solidarity is based on universal principles, often with fluid meanings and perceptions. On the one hand, social politics in a period of transition has a problem with networking to stay in the positions of centralisation and bureaucratisation, on the other hand there is the civil initiative and social solidarity of the non-government sector which is not sufficiently transparent and supported, especially when the vulnerability is outside national and ethnic boundaries. The main analytical vein is focused on deciphering the ambivalent face of humanitarian practices, which stem from concrete social, economic and political circumstances in Serbia. One of the social playgrounds of humanitarian solidarities is the media, which is an essential transmitter of the message and shapes public opinion in the zones of perception and value systems. The analysis is based on a fundamental question – how are personal stories of poverty and illness constructed into humanitarian stories as social problems? The analysis of newspaper articles shaped into narrative mechanisms in order to construct “subsequent” realities with which people identify.