In order to better understand how the world viewed the US 2016 presidential election, the issues that mattered around the world, and how nations made sense of how their media systems constructed presentations of the presidential election, Robert S. Hinck, Skye C. Cooley, and Randolph Kluver examine global news narratives during the campaign and immediately afterwards.
Analyzing 1,578 news stories from 62 sources within three regional media ecologies in China, Russia, and the Middle East, Hinck, Cooley and Kluver demonstrate how the US election was incorporated into narrative constructions of the global order. They establish that how the narratives told about the US election through national and regional media provides insight into how foreign nations construct US democracy, and reflect local understandings regarding the issues, and impacts, of US policy towards those nations.
Avoiding jargon-laden prose, Global Media and Strategic Narratives of Contested Democracy is as accessible as it is wide-ranging. Its empirical detail will expand readers’ understanding of soft power as narrative articulations of foreign nation’s policies, values, and beliefs within localized media systems. Communication/media studies students as well as political scientists whose studies includes media and global politics will welcome its publication.
1. Strategic Narratives of the 2016 US Presidential Election: Contestations of US, Chinese, Arab, and Russian Soft Power Constructions
2. Research Design: Measuring Narratives within Local Media Ecologies
3. Illegitimacy of US Democracy and Declining US Influence: Juxtaposing Chinese Success Among US Failures within Chinese Media Coverage of the US Election
4. Arab Views of the US Election: Culturally-Positive and Politically-Negative Depictions of US Democracy
Natalie Khazaal and Robert Hinck
5. The Crumbling Facade of US Democracy: Russian Resurgence Amidst US Moral Decay within Russian Media Coverage of the US Election
6. Compelling Narratives and the Implications on US Soft Power and the Global Order: Comparative Analysis of Chinese, Arab, and Russian Narratives of the US Election
International communication encompasses everything from one-to-one cross-cultural interactions to the global reach of the internet. The Routledge Studies in Global Information, Politics and Society celebrates – and embraces – this depth and breadth. To completely understand communication, it must be studied in concert with many factors, since, most often, it is the foundational principle on which other subjects rest. This series provides a publishing space for scholarship in the expansive, yet intersecting, categories of communication and information processes and other disciplines.
Routledge Studies in Global Information, Politics and Society would like to publish work that educates readers about the complexities of international communication. We are especially interested in three areas: 1) research that focuses on empirical support for theoretical and conceptual development in communication and information processes, 2) research that is historically grounded and temporally expansive, and 3) research that is comparative and explores the world in both geopolitical and non-geopolitical categories. We welcome individual and co-authored manuscripts, as well as edited volumes.