Starting Conversations About Structural Violence

  • 25th January 2019
  • 178 Views
Starting Conversations About Structural Violence

Michael Edward Walsh, uscpublicdiplomacy.org
uncaptioned image from article
The field of public diplomacy [JB emphasis] should make greater use of the quantitative measures that have been developed by media critics to explore the representation of disadvantaged groups in societies. These qualitative measures not only provide public diplomacy practitioners with analytical tools for describing the representation of disadvantaged groups in a society, or between societies. They also provide public diplomacy practitioners with interactive engagement tools for raising foreign publics’ consciousness about structural violence in their own societies.Consider the Bechdel-Wallace Test. This test serves as a “cultural barometer” of the extent to which women are represented in fictional works. It simply asks whether there are at least two women who talk to one another about something besides a man. This quantitative measure not only provides an analytical tool for describing the extent to which women are present in the fictional works of a society, or between societies, but it also provides an interactive engagement tool for raising a foreign public’s consciousness about gender-based structural violence in their own society.

“…these quantitative measures provide useful tools for starting conversations with foreign audiences about the representation of non-privileged groups within societies.”

Or, consider the DuVernay Test. This test serves as a “cultural barometer” for the extent to which minorities are represented in fictional works. It simply asks whether there are at least two persons of color who talk to one another about something other than race. This quantitative measure not only provides an analytical tool for describing the extent to which minorities are present in the fictional works of a society, or between societies, but it also provides an interactive engagement tool for raising a foreign public’s consciousness about racial-based and ethnic-based structural violence in their own society.These kinds of quantitative measures provide simple ways of starting conversations with foreign audiences about the marginalization of non-privileged groups within their own societies. They also provide public diplomacy practitioners with ready-made templates for constructing new quantitative measures that can be used to explore the representation of a wide range of other disadvantaged groups in societies—for example migrants and asylum seekers.To illustrate this point, imagine a Black Girl Test, named after and inspired by the 1966 French-Senegalese film. This test would serve as a “cultural barometer” for the extent to which migrants are represented in fictional works. It would simply ask whether there is at least one migrant who gets their own narrative arc. This quantitative measure would not only provide an analytical tool for describing the extent to which migrants are present in the fictional works of a given society, or between societies, but would also provide an interactive engagement tool for raising a foreign public’s consciousness about migrant-based structural violence in their own society.In the year ahead, it is my hope that more public diplomacy practitioners will become proficient in making use of quantitative measures to explore the marginalization of disadvantaged groups in societies. Although they are not without their limitations, these quantitative measures provide useful tools for starting conversations with foreign audiences about the representation of non-privileged groups within societies. And, that is a clear and present need in a world of hyper-globalization.Submitted December 9, 2018


edward_walsh's pictureMICHAEL EDWARD WALSH
CPD Blog ContributorResearch Fellow for African Studies, The Johns Hopkins University SAIS
Original Article

Please follow and like us:
error

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages

RSS BIDD

  • Mobile Consular Service in Hawassa, Ethiopia 11th October 2019
    Approximately, 350 Sri Lankans attended the mobile consular service and the activities of the day included processing of applications for new passports, attestation of documents, police clearance certificates, issues pertaining to lost passports, assistance with regard to employment in Ethiopia, compensation and repatriation related issues of migrant workers and certification of application forms to open […]
  • UK funded project on integrating conventional arms control with conflict prevention gets started 11th October 2019
    Skip to content Simon Cleobury UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament 11th October 2019 Geneva, Switzerland UK funded project on integrating conventional arms control with conflict prevention gets started I am delighted to announce that the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) project that I mentioned in my previous blog on […]

RSS Diplo Portal Belgrade

  • Friday 11th October 2019
    Scientific gathering 13TH SYMPOSIUM OF NOVEL TECHNOLOGIES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SASA BRANCH IN NIŠ 18 – 19 October Faculty of Technology in Leskovac, 10 a.m. The post Friday appeared first on Diplomatic portal.
  • Gojković Has Series of Bilateral Meetings with Parliament Speakers Taking Part in 141st IPU Assembly in Belgrade 11th October 2019
    The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojković met today with a number of parliament speakers taking part in the coming 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Belgrade, 13 to 17 October. Today, Gojković had meetings with the parliament speakers of Seychelles, South Africa, Namibia and the Arab […]

Catalog of Destroyed and Desecrated Churches in Kosovo ( VIDEO )

How Belgrade based diplomats use Digital Diplomacy and Internet 2016

Diplo Portal Belgrade

Please follow and like us:
error

Scroll Up
error

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)