Handbook on Global Social Justice
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Handbook on Global Social Justice

Edited by Gary Craig

In the fifty years since Rawls seminal work A Theory of Justice, the concept has been debated with those on the political right and left advocating very different understandings. This unique global collection, written by a group of international experts, offers wide-ranging analyses of the meaning of social justice that challenge the ability of the market to provide social justice for all. The Handbook also looks at how the theory of social justice informs practice within a range of occupations or welfare divisions.
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Chapter 34: Social justice and the media: disrupting the frame – repositioning visual storytelling for change

Leora Kahn

Abstract

How do we can we change a discourse using visual storytelling? How can visual storying be used as a tool for a call to action? This chapter will discuss the link between visual media and social justice. How can we use the visual media taken usually as part of an assignment and strategically transform it into an advocacy tool? What is visual storytelling? And what is Visual truth? Julianne Newton (2008:8) calls visual truth “authentic knowledge derived from seeing.” Photographers have been documenting wars and conflicts since the camera was invented. Roger Fenton's Crimean War photographs represent one of the earliest systematic attempts to document a war through the medium of photography, but he showed only the landscape of war without depicting actual human suffering.

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