Sleeping the deep, deep sleep: The hierarchy of disaster

Suzanne Gibson, Dean Biron

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Global representations of the modern-day disaster tend to privilege events that concern first world victims and diminish those which involve developing world ‘others’. After comparing the media coverage of the September 2001 terrorist attacks in the US with the relative paucity of long-term exposure for the 1984 Bhopal gas leak in India, this essay goes on to reveal a hierarchy of disaster whereby many traumatic occurrences are elided and erased from collective memory. Ultimately, disaster narratives in a dominant Westernised mainstream media can be seen to downplay the complexity and interrelatedness of contemporary catastrophe, working to absolve society from shared responsibility for such events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-48
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


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