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'Being the Other' - or Tourist in her Reality? Reporters' and Writers' Attempts at Cross-Identification

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This article analyses the particular positions and experiences of role reporters, that is, journalists or writers who have taken on another identity to better reveal the life conditions of people in the margins of society. Their writings are analysed from the perspective of 'unlearning privileges as one's loss' and also within the ethical perspective of an individual's responsibility for the Other. The question is also raised of whether role reporting may contribute to highlighting and easing the plight of the marginalized, or whether this particular 'representation by proxy' - due to the prevailing press conventions - primarily contributes to the highlighting of the role reporter and his/her experiences.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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