Media, power and space: Ways of constructing the periphery as the 'other'

Eli Avraham, Anat First

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The article examines the representation patterns of the Israeli geographic periphery in the national media over a period of four decades. Its main goal is to analyse the role that the national press plays in constructing the periphery as the 'other' in public consciousness. Our analysis demonstrates how the press makes use of diverse strategies, all leading to the construction of peripheral locations as 'unimportant', 'marginal' or 'negligible', and all characterized by events, customs, culture, norms and behaviour patterns different from those characteristic of the 'centre'. We will show how the national press glorifies the Israeli 'centre', defines who is included within its boundaries and who is not, and delineates between it and the periphery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-86
Number of pages16
JournalSocial and Cultural Geography
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006


  • Centre-periphery
  • Mass media
  • Negative images

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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