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Title: Making Sense of Human Advocacy Narrative: Raising Support for People Seeking Asylum Among Diverse Audiences
Other Titles: International Journal of Communication
Authors: Delporte, Merrilin
Hurst, Bree
Bartlett, Jennifer
Hatcher, Carolline
Keywords: communications
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Journal of Communication
Citation: Delporte, M., Hurst, B., Bartlett, J., and Hatcher, C. (2023). Making Sense of Human Advocacy Narrative: Raising Support for People Seeking Asylum Among Diverse Audiences. International Journal Of Communication, 17, 24. Retrieved from
Abstract: Australian organizations supporting people seeking asylum face a challenging sociopolitical and communications environment. A dominant political narrative labels people seeking asylum as illegal arrivals, making it difficult to communicate humanizing alternatives capable of appealing to hearts and minds. This communication environment also limits the ability of advocacy organizations to raise community support. This research, involving a campaign delivered by an Australian advocacy organization, investigates how stakeholders make sense of human advocacy narrative. The campaign narrative focused on mobilizing activism for people seeking asylum, but in-depth interviews with participants revealed a wide range of emotional and cognitive responses. Findings result in a typology of three distinct audience types, offering insight into how and why different stakeholders respond to, and act on, the advocacy narratives designed to influence them. This research demonstrates how organizations can use communication to strengthen their appeal on emotive human advocacy issues, characterized by competing narratives.
ISSN: 1932-8036
Appears in Collections:Documentos internacionales sobre libertad de expresión y derechos conexos

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