Narrative Bias and China's Foreign Assistance to Africa

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dc.contributor Helsingin yliopisto, Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta, Geotieteiden ja maantieteen laitos fi
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Faculty of Science, Department of Geosciences and Geography en
dc.contributor Helsingfors universitet, Matematisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för geovetenskaper och geografi sv Hirvensalo, Kitta Milla 2012
dc.identifier.uri URN:NBN:fi-fe2017112251863
dc.description.abstract Recently, the world has begun to recognize China as an important aid donor, and with the rising popularity of the Chinese aid model in Africa, it has become a possible alternative to the traditional Western aid. Growing Chinese influence on the African continent has resulted in a biased discussion about Chinese aid, portrayed best by the overly positive Chinese narrative and the negatively inclined Western narrative. This thesis examined the bias present in news articles retrieved from Chinese, Western as well as African sources in relation to Chinese African aid by utilizing content analysis as the main method. The objective was to identify variation within each news source and to place the narratives they represented into respective regional socio-cultural contexts. The research identified a pattern of increasing bias in both the Chinese and Western news sources. The overall tone of the Chinese news articles was mainly positive, whereas the Western news source portrayed a critical and dominantly negative bias in relation to Sino-African cooperation and aid. Both African news sources selected for this research were predominantly neutral. The findings of the research supported the hypothesis that socio-culturally embedded narratives reflect their regional contexts providing varying views towards Chinese aid. Especially in the context of Chinese African aid, the narratives have become increasingly polarized ranging in the far realms of reality, possibly hindering the future of international aid and the development of the African continent. en
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Helsingfors universitet sv
dc.publisher University of Helsinki en
dc.publisher Helsingin yliopisto fi
dc.title Narrative Bias and China's Foreign Assistance to Africa en
dc.type.ontasot pro gradu-avhandlingar sv
dc.type.ontasot pro gradu -tutkielmat fi
dc.type.ontasot master's thesis en
dc.subject.discipline Regional Studies en
dc.subject.discipline Aluetiede fi
dc.subject.discipline Regionvetenskap sv
dct.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi-fe2017112251863

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