Dissemination of culture of conflict in the Israeli mass media: The wars in Lebanon as a case study

Sagi Elbaz*, Daniel Bar-Tal

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Societies involved in intractable conflicts develop cultures of conflict because of experiences that have lasting effects on every aspect of collective life. One product of these cultures is conflict-supporting narratives that provide illumination, justification, and explanation of the conflict reality. These narratives are selective, biased, and distortive, but play an important role in satisfying the basic sociopsychological needs of the society members involved. In these societies, journalists often serve as agents in the formulation and dissemination of these conflict-supporting narratives. The present study analyzes the presentations of narratives of the culture of conflict among Jewish Israeli journalists during Israeli wars in Lebanon. It elucidates the dominant themes of the narratives by content analysis of the news published in newspapers and broadcast on television. In addition, in order to reveal the practices used by journalists in obtaining, selecting, and publishing the news, in-depth interviews with journalists and politicians have been conducted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-34
Number of pages34
JournalCommunication Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2016


  • Culture of conflict
  • Lebanon War
  • elite
  • framing
  • narratives


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