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The Dynamics of Mediatized Conflicts


Edited By Mikkel Fugl Eskjær, Stig Hjarvard and Mette Mortensen

This book engages with the mediatized dynamics of political, military and cultural conflicts. In today’s global and converging media environment, the interrelationship between media and conflict has been altered and intensified. No longer limited to the realms of journalism and political communication, various forms of new media have allowed other social actors to communicate and act through media networks. Thus, the media not only play an important role by reporting conflicts; they have also become co-constitutive of the ways conflicts develop and spread.
The first part of the book, Transnational Networks, addresses the opportunities and challenges posed by transnational media to actors seeking to engage in and manage conflicts through new media platforms. The second part, Mobilising the Personal: Crossing Public and Private Boundaries, concerns the ways in which media framings of conflicts often revolve around personal aspects of public figures. The third part, Military, War, and Media, engages with a classic theme of media studies – the power relationship between media, state, and military – but in light of the mediatized condition of modern warfare, in which the media have become an integrated part of military strategies.
The book develops new theoretical arguments and a series of empirical studies that are essential reading for students and scholars interested in the complex roles of media in contemporary conflicts.
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The dynamics of mediatized conflicts / edited by Mikkel Fugl Eskjær, Stig Hjarvard, Mette Mortensen. pages cm. — (Global crises and the media; Vol. 3) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Mass media—Social aspects. 2. Conflict management. 3. Globalization—Social aspects. 4. Mass media and culture. 5. Communication, International. I. Eskjær, Mikkel Fugl, editor. II. Hjarvard, Stig, editor. III. Mortensen, Mette, editor. HM1206.D934 302.23—dc23 2015014324 ISBN 978-1-4331-2809-7 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2808-0 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1620-9 (e-book) ISSN 1947-2587

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Cover image: “Demonstrators shine lights from their mobile devices as they hold them aloft during an ongoing protest outside the central government office in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests swelled for a sixth day as student leaders renewed an ultimatum for Leung Chun-ying to resign after jeering the city’s top official at a ceremony to mark China’s National Day.” Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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