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Propaganda vs. education : a case study of hate radio in Rwanda


Yanagizawa-Drott, David (2013). Propaganda vs. education : a case study of hate radio in Rwanda. In: Auerbach, Jonathan; Castronovo, Russ. The Oxford handbook of propaganda studies. London: Oxford University Press, 378-394.

Abstract

This chapter discusses whether education limits or exacerbates the effects of statesponsored propaganda on political violence. It provides evidence for the hypothesis that basic education can limit the effectiveness of propaganda by increasing access to alternative media sources. It builds on the case study of the Rwandan genocide in work done by Yanagizawa-Drott (2011), and shows that the propaganda disseminated by the “hate radio” station RTLM did not affect participation in violence in villages where education levels, as measured by literacy rates, were relatively high. A discussion of the potential underlying mechanisms driving the results is presented. The methodological challenges of identifying causal effects of mass media and propaganda are also described, including recent innovations using statistical methods that may be used to overcome those challenges.

Abstract

This chapter discusses whether education limits or exacerbates the effects of statesponsored propaganda on political violence. It provides evidence for the hypothesis that basic education can limit the effectiveness of propaganda by increasing access to alternative media sources. It builds on the case study of the Rwandan genocide in work done by Yanagizawa-Drott (2011), and shows that the propaganda disseminated by the “hate radio” station RTLM did not affect participation in violence in villages where education levels, as measured by literacy rates, were relatively high. A discussion of the potential underlying mechanisms driving the results is presented. The methodological challenges of identifying causal effects of mass media and propaganda are also described, including recent innovations using statistical methods that may be used to overcome those challenges.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Media effects; education; literacy; radio; political violence; Rwandan genocide
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:07 Jun 2017 15:17
Last Modified:07 Jun 2017 15:19
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN:978-0-19-976441-9
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199764419.013.018
Related URLs:http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199764419.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199764419-e-018?print=p

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