Date of Award

8-12-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Leonard Teel

Second Advisor

Ann E. Williams

Third Advisor

Beryl I. Diamond

Abstract

The effects of childhood poverty and hunger in India are systemic. Almost half of the county’s children are classified as malnourished—and 47 percent of those under the age of three are underweight (UNICEF, 2014). This thesis analyzes how Indian’s English-language press has portrayed this widespread health issue during the past two years. This thesis also examines how the framing in the English-language press relates to the frames in the Hindi-language press. In light of framing theory, the study has found that the press used three principal media frames to portray child hunger. One frame focused on socioeconomic disparities, a second on geographic differences, and the third on government interventions. These frames, however, did not address more complex realities identified by developmental studies literature as contributing to the seemingly untouchable crisis of childhood poverty and hunger.

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