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News media, threats and insecurities: an ethnographic approach

Gillespie, Marie and O'Loughlin, Ben (2009). News media, threats and insecurities: an ethnographic approach. Cambridge Review of International Affairs , 22(4) pp. 667–687.

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This article presents research from a three-year study of shifting understandings of threat and security in Britain following the 2003 Iraq War. We develop the case for a more integrated and nuanced approach to studying the relationship between policymakers, media practitioners and media publics given the increasing importance of these relationships to international relations (IR) matters of concern. Our analysis demonstrates the ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors that explain why certain individuals and groups arrive at certain understandings or perceptions of threats. Responding to recent calls in IR for the use of diverse and interdisciplinary methods, our methodology enables us to demonstrate how disparities emerge between official and public understandings of threats. These understandings result from people’s engagement with political and media discourses, and the experience of this engagement can be characterized by connectivity, (un)certainty and contradiction

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 Routledge, 2009 Centre of International Studies
ISSN: 1474-449X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Extra Information: Online publication date: 18 December 2009
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 26747
Depositing User: Marie Gillespie
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2011 18:19
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2018 08:10
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