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Media, Crisis and Democracy
Mass Communication and the Disruption of Social Order

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June 1992 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Very useful collection. . . . More thematically coherent than many such volumes. . . . The book is quite topical and readable, considering its depth; most of the authors avoid turgid jargon or intellectual dandyism. . . . The book is not just required reading for academic specialists--it is also accessible to motivated journalists and senior undergraduates. It definitely has a place as a supplementary text in courses on media/ideology, socio-political conflict, and social movements." --Canadian Journal of Communication "Media, Crisis, and Democracy is required reading for anyone with an eye on the future of government. . . . Thought-provoking." --The Journal of Contingencies & Crisis Management "Provocative and radical content. . . . George Gerbner's essay on 'Violence and Terror In and By the Media' bears the hallmarks of lucid and engaging analysis which have typified his distinguished scholastic contribution to media studies for so long. . . . It is an interesting and, on occasion, important discussion of the crucial relationship between media and democracy." --Political Studies In modern states, the smooth functioning of democratic politics is inextricably tied to the role of the media in the creation and dissemination of information, images, and ideas. Utilizing a number of different contexts, Media, Crisis, and Democracy explores the ways in which crises serve to highlight the problematic issues of media performance in democratic states. Further, the book examines the relationship between communication and civil society by asking some difficult yet intriguing questions: To what extent do threats to the sovereignty of the nation-state work to subvert the contribution of the media to the democratic political process? Do crises reveal only the existing ideological and hegemonic functions of the mainstream media? Is "crisis" itself a media construct? Media, Crisis, and Democracy explores these theoretical problems through a number of actual cases of media responses to "crises," events ranging from the Gulf War of 1991 to the recent turmoil in Eastern Europe. These examples emphasize the complexities of understanding the role of the media in struggles of identity around nationality, ethnicity, and gender. Graduate and undergraduate students as well as scholars in political communication, mass communication, and media studies will find this book indispensable.

Marc Raboy and Bernard Dagenais
Introduction
Media and the Politics of Crisis

 
John Keane
The Crisis of the Sovereign State
Mustapha Masmoudi
Media and the State in Periods of Crisis
Douglas Kellner
Television, the Crisis of Democracy and the Persian Gulf War
Julian Halliday, Sue Curry Jansen and James Schneider
Framing the Crisis in Eastern Europe
Karol Jakubowicz
Media and the Terminal Crisis of Communism in Poland
George Gerbner
Violence and Terror in and by the Media
Peter A Bruck
Crisis as Spectacle
Tabloid News and the Politics of Outrage

 
Bernard Dagenais
Media in Crises
Observers, Actors or Scapegoats?

 
Marc Raboy
Media and the Invisible Crisis of Everyday Life
Lorna Roth
Media and the Commodification of Crisis
Armand Mattelart and Mich[gr]ele Mattelart
On New Uses of Media in Time of Crisis

`[A] very useful collection of essays.... More thematically coherent than many such volumes.... The book is quite topical and readable, considering its depth; most of the authors avoid turgid jargon or intellectual dandyism.... Not just required reading for academic specialists - it is also accessible to motivated journalists and senior undergraduates. It definitely has a place as a supplementary text in courses on media/ideology, socio-political conflict, and social movements' - Canadian Journal of Communication

`Required reading for anyone with an eye on the future of government... the volume breathes new life into the debate emerging in the wake of events in France in May 1968' - Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management

`Gives the reader a wealth of thought-provoking analyses of the concept of crisis and the relationship of the concept to society, to the governing of the body politic and to the mass media.... This book will help all students of crises, politics and the media gain greater insights' - Canadian Journal of Political Science

`An interesting and, on occasion, important discussion of the crucial relationship between media and democracy' - Political Studies

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