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Communication and Political Crisis

Media, Politics and Governance in a Globalized Public Sphere


Brian McNair

Communication and Political Crisis explores the role of the global media in a period of intensifying geopolitical conflict. Through case studies drawn from domestic and international political crises such as the conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine, leading media scholar Brian McNair argues that the digitized, globalized public sphere now confronted by all political actors has produced new opportunities for social progress and democratic reform, as well as new channels for state propaganda and terrorist spectaculars such as those performed by the Islamic State and Al Qaeda. In this major work, McNair argues that the role of digital communication will be crucial in determining the outcome of pressing global issues such as the future of feminism and gay rights, freedom of speech and media, and democracy itself.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: McNair, Brian, author. Title: Communication and political crisis: media, politics and governance in a globalized public sphere / Brian McNair. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Series: Global crises and the media; vol. 16 | ISSN 1947-2587 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2015040626 (print) | LCCN 2015046246 (ebook) ISBN 978-1-4331-2421-1 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-2420-4 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1803-6 (e-book) Subjects: LCSH: Mass media—Political aspects. | Communication in politics. Mass media and globalization. Classification: LCC P95.8.M38115 2016 (print) | LCC P95.8 (ebook) DDC 302.23—dc23 LC record available at Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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