1st Edition

Global Media and Strategic Narratives of Contested Democracy Chinese, Russian, and Arabic Media Narratives of the US Presidential Election

    154 Pages
    by Routledge

    154 Pages
    by Routledge

    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 the narratives told about the US election through national and regional media provide insights 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


    Robert S. Hinck is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Monmouth College. His expertise is in rhetoric, strategic narrative, and political communication.

    Skye S. Cooley is an assistant professor in the School of Media and Strategic Communications at Oklahoma State University. His research centers on Russian political communication, global media and digital democracy, as well as developing and testing platforms for civic deliberation online.

    Randolph Kluver is the Dean of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships at Oklahoma State University. He has published widely in the fields of new media, Asian politics, the internet in Asian societies, public diplomacy, and international communication.

    "Taken altogether, the book stands out as a model for adopting a much-needed global, reflective mind-set in scholarly research in the field of Communication that has traditionally centered around North America and Western Europe."

    Min Jiang, Global Media and China