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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions$
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Charles H. Anderton and Jurgen Brauer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199378296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378296.001.0001

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Media Persuasion, Ethnic Hatred, and Mass Violence

Media Persuasion, Ethnic Hatred, and Mass Violence

A Brief Overview of Recent Research Advances

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(p.274) 12 Media Persuasion, Ethnic Hatred, and Mass Violence
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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions
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Maria Petrova

David Yanagizawa-Drott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378296.003.0012

The study of modern-day mass killing is arguably incomplete without an account of whether and how mass persuasion plays a role. This chapter outlines the fundamental empirical challenges when studying media effects on conflict and discusses some recent methodological advances designed to overcome them. The evidence in this emerging literature indicates that mass media can be an effective tool for political elites to orchestrate mass violence. Both direct and indirect persuasion matter. The emerging evidence indicates that direct persuasion is stronger when propaganda targeting ethnic minorities is aligned with political predispositions of the ethnic majority, and indirect persuasion may occur from coordination of violence and from spillovers arising from social interactions.

Keywords:   media persuasion, propaganda, genocide, conflict, mass killing

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