The Media-Security Nexus: Researching Ritualised Cycles of Insecurity

O'Loughlin, Ben and Gillespie, Marie (2016). The Media-Security Nexus: Researching Ritualised Cycles of Insecurity. In: Robinson, Peirs; Sieb, Philip and Frohlich, Romy eds. Routledge Handbook of Media, Conflict and Security. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 51–67.



The media-security nexus refers to the ways in which media furnish the conditions that shape how security is conceived and experienced in the interactions between security actors, media producers and audiences. It is not simply that the media are the main delivery mechanism for public knowledge about security. Rather, the precise nature of security threats, and the human and policy responses to those threats, are also produced and reproduced in and through these relationships. This apparently simple observation has important implications for research into security, media and citizenship.

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