A Media Framing Approach to Securitization
Storytelling in Conflict, Crisis and Threat
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Presenting securitization as a communication issue, this book combines media framing with the theory of securitization to explain how the discourse of security informs media content and what happens to policy and public understanding when it does.
Because securitization studies the construction of threats to societal structures as well as political-institutional structures, this book addresses security framing as a question of identity and the ability of political-cultural elites and media actors to manipulate it. After setting out how its theories work together, the book turns to news and its effects: How do media accounts make empirical sense of the world when they are bound by the need to make social-cultural sense first? How does "security" look in competing news accounts, and how do securitizing frames affect attitudes toward policies and political elites? Last, the book asks how academics and professionals can address the challenges to a democratic public’s role in decision-making created by the manipulation of security.
Bringing together distinct fields within communication studies to reflect on the pressing issue of securitization, this book will be a key resource for scholars and students working in the fields of mass communication, policy studies, critical linguistics and international relations, as well as risk and crisis communication.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction: Media Framing, Securitization and Narrative Across Disciplines; 1. Cold War to Long War: Security, Securitization and Threat; 2. State and Nation: Culture, Identity and Exceptionalism; 3. Media Framing: Still Fractured After All These Years; 4. At the Paragraph Factory: Professional Practice and the Routines of Objectivity; 5. Risk and Crisis: What Scares you and What Kills You; 6. Effect in Media, Effect of Media: Securitization in the Lab; 7. GERMANY BANS SAUSAGES: Discourse, Magic Words and Boundary Work; 8. "Our Way of Life is at Stake": A Century of Securitization; 9. The Normative Turn: Ethics in Securitization and Media; Bibliography; Index
Fred Vultee is associate professor of journalism at Wayne State University, USA. Before earning his doctorate, he was an editor at US newspapers for 25 years. His research concentrates on media practice and its impact on attitudes toward security and credibility.