Accidentally seen: a case study on the 2014 Ermenek mine disaster and its media representation /

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2016
Sümbül, Uğur
In the afternoon of October, 28, 2014 a mine disaster occurred in Ermenek which is a small district of Karaman province which was resulted in death of eighteen miners. Following its occurrence, the mine disaster was constructed as a media event and it was brought to audiences as distant others with certain discourses and representation strategies. Ermenek was made visible with this disaster, it became the main topic of live broadcasts and main news bulletins for a while and in fact several aids and aid campaigns were organized to the region ‘thanks to’ this visibility. Here this study aims to investigate how the mine disaster was represented in news discourse following its occurrence and what effects those representations had both on experiencing the disaster and also in the process afterwards. For this purpose, the thesis problematizes the situation of ‘being visible with the disaster’ and claims that visibility does not always function for the good of the lower classes. The analysis is made in four main chapters and the discussion benefits from two methodological frames, one of which is news analysis and the other is semi-structured interviews conducted with the families as well as with some of the surviving miners who are regarded as the sufferers of the disaster. 
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U. Sümbül, “Accidentally seen: a case study on the 2014 Ermenek mine disaster and its media representation /,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2016.