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War and Violence in the Media

Book Description

This edited volume examines theoretical and empirical issues relating to violence and war and its implications for media, culture and society.

Over the last two decades there has been a proliferation of books, films and art on the subject of violence and war. However, this is the first volume that offers a varied analysis which has wider implications for several disciplines, thus providing the reader with a text that is both multi-faceted and accessible. This book introduces the current debates surrounding this topic through five particular lenses:

  • the historical involves an examination of historical patterns of the communication of violence and war through a variety sources
  • the cultural utilises the cultural studies perspective to engage with issues of violence, visibility and spectatorship
  • the sociological focuses on how terrorism, violence and war are remembered and negotiated in the public sphere
  • the political offers an exploration into the politics of assigning blame for war, the influence of psychology on media actors, and new media political communication issues in relation to the state and the media
  • the gender-studies perspective provides an analysis of violence and war from a gender studies viewpoint.

Violence and War in Culture and the Media will be of much interest to students of war and conflict studies, media and communications studies, sociology, security studies and political science.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Violence and war in culture and the media
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Notes on contributors
  7. Preface
  8. 1 Violence and war in culture and the media through five disciplinary lenses
  9. Part I Through the historical lens
    1. 2 Perceptions of violence in the early modern communications revolution: the case of the Thirty Years War 1618–1648
    2. 3 Patrick Pécherot, eugenics and the Occupation of France
    3. 4 United States Army chaplains and magazines: censorship in World War II
  10. Part II Through the cultural lens
    1. 5 Hidden conflict, visible world
    2. 6 The ethics of remembering: Little Big Man and the exoneration of American guilt
    3. 7 Loving violence? The ambiguities of SM imagery in contemporary popular culture
  11. Part III Through the sociological lens
    1. 8 Defining the victims of terrorism: competing frames around victim compensation and commemoration post-9/11 New York City and 3/11 Madrid
    2. 9 The returns of war: bodies, images and invented ritual in the war on terror
    3. 10 Frames, forums and Facebook: interpreting British Muslim understandings of post-7/7 militarist media narratives
  12. Part IV Through the political lens
    1. 11 The Israel-Hezbollah War and the Winograd Committee
    2. 12 Media actors in war and conflict: insights from political psychology and the Bosnian war
    3. 13 Virilio and the gaze of the state: vision machines, new media and resistance
    4. 14 Blame it on the Russians: tracking the portrayal of Russian hackers during cyber conflict incidents
  13. Part V Through the gender studies lens
    1. 15 Making the pain count: embodied politics in the new age of terror
    2. 16 Corrective rapes: rape narratives in South Africa
  14. Index