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

Gillespie, Marie (2006). Security, 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 the PM 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 audiences. 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
ISSN: 1741-2862
Keywords: transnational television news; audiences and publics; Iraq War 2003; legitimacy; multicultural citizenship;
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 9224
Depositing User: Marie Gillespie
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:04
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