Infeartainment, eco-social justice and the social worker

Gopalkrishnan, Narayan (2011) Infeartainment, eco-social justice and the social worker. In: Jones, Peter, Miles, Debra, Francis, Abraham, and Rajeev, S.P., (eds.) Eco-social Justice: issues, challenges and ways forward: voices from De Novo '11. Books for Change, Karnataka, India, pp. 210-227.

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Abstract

The modern nation-state is under pressure within the frameworks of a world increasingly governed by a neoliberal agenda, a world characterized by sophisticated technology, monolithic corporations, and reducing relevance of the State in terms of being able to respond to the needs and demands of the polity. In this paper I argue that fear of the 'other' has assumed the very sophisticated role of 'Infeartainment' as a way of containing the citizen as well as entertaining them in the process, and involving elements of entertainment, racism, control, in and out-groups, media and other corporate monopolies, misdirection and other political uses. I further contend that this has serious implications at a number of levels for social work focused towards the promotion of eco-social justice. The paper concludes with some of the strategies that may prove useful in engaging with these issues.

Item ID: 19644
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: fear, hope, eco-social justice, globalisation, social work
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ISBN: 978-81-8291-118-5
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2012 07:04
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940110 Environmental Services @ 100%
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