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Media, legitimacy: multi-ethnic media publics and the Iraq War 2003

Gillespie, Marie (2006). Media, legitimacy: multi-ethnic media publics and the Iraq War 2003. International Relations, 20(4) pp. 467–486.

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The article examines how multi-ethnic publics negotiate questions of legitimacy. It explains the deep public scepticism surrounding the Iraq war (2003) and subsequent security policy, not just in terms of declining trust in Prime Minister Tony Blair and in the news media, but as a corrosive ‘legitimacy deficit’ with significant implications for the prospects of participatory democracy and multicultural citizenship. The arguments are grounded in a collaborative ethnography of news audiences across the UK, including multilingual and multi-ethnic ones. Using a Weberian framework, the article analyses the patterning of interviewees' responses to the justifications given for going to war, and it assesses the implications of the ‘legitimacy deficit’ for notions of security and UK security policy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2006 Sage Publications
ISSN: 0047-1178
Keywords: audience ethnography; Iraq war; legitimacy; legitimacy deficit; manufacture of consent; multi-ethnic public opinion; war on terror
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 26762
Depositing User: Marie Gillespie
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 11:32
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:56
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