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Transnational Protests and the Media


Simon Cottle and Libby Lester

In what ways can mediated transnational protests express, however emergently or imperfectly, «global civil society» and «global citizenship»? How, in an increasingly fragmented and multilayered communications environment, can they contribute to a «global public sphere»? This book explores these and other major questions, examining protests and their transactions within and through today’s complex circuits of communications and media worldwide. With contributions from leading theorists and researchers, this cutting-edge collection discusses protests focusing on war and peace, economy and trade, ecology and climate change, as well as political struggles for civil and human rights, including the Arab uprisings. At its core is a desire to better understand activists’ innovative uses of media and communications within a rapidly changing media environment, and how this is altering relations of communication power around the globe.
Contents: Simon Cottle/Libby Lester: Transnational Protests and the Media: An Introduction – Simon Cottle: Transnational Protests and the Media: New Departures, Challenging Debates – Jenny Pickerill/Kevin Gillan/Frank Webster: Scales of Activism: New Media and Transnational Connections in Anti-War Movements – Craig Murray/Piers Robinson/Peter Goddard/Katy Parry: «Not in Our Name»: British Press, the Anti-war Movement and the Iraq Crisis 2002-2009 – Stephen Reese: On Anti- Iraq War Protests and the Global News Sphere – Andrew Rojecki: Leaderless Crowds, Self- Organizing Publics, and Virtual Masses: The New Media Politics of Dissent – Jeffrey Juris: Mediating and Embodying Transnational Protest: Internal and External Effects of Mass Global Justice Actions – Adam Bowers: Protest and Public Relations: A New Era for Non-institutional Sources? – David Archibald: Photography, the Police and Protest: Images of the G20, London 2009 – Kevin Michael DeLuca/Ye Sun/Jennifer Peeples: Wild Public Screens and Image Events from Seattle to China: Using Social Media to Broadcast Activism – Brett Hutchins/Libby Lester: Politics, Power and Online Protest in an Age of Environmental Conflict – Conny Davidsen: Amazon Struggles in the Global Media Age: Framing and Discourses in Environmental Conflict – David Crouch/Katarina Damjanov: Piracy Up-Linked: Sea Shepherd and the Spectacle of Protest on the High Seas – Neil T. Gavin/Tom Marshall: Climate Change and International Protest at Copenhagen: Reflections on British Television and the Web – Ana Adi/Andy Miah: Open Source Protest: Human Rights, Online Activism and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games – Chen Li/Lucy Montgomery: The 2008 Tibet Riots: Competing Perspectives, Divided Group Protests and Divergent Media Narratives – Ilke Sanlier Yüksel/Murat Yüksel: Resistanbul: An Analysis of Mediated Communication in Transnational Activism – Nazanin Ghanavizi: Political Protest and the Persian Blogosphere: The Iranian Election – James Stanyer/Scott Davidson: The Global Human Rights Regime and the Internet: Non-Democratic States and the Hypervisibility of Evidence of Oppression – Libby Lester/Simon Cottle: Transnational Protests and the Media: Toward Global Civil Society? – Simon Cottle: Afterword: Media and the Arab Uprisings of 2011.