This book analyzes constructions of injustice, group identification and participation in news and social media in anti-austerity protests within the European Union (EU). Since 2008, EU member-states have witnessed waves of protests and demonstrations against the adoption of austerity measures and alignment of domestic economies with the prevailing global neoliberal order. Understanding how the media represents dissent and how it influences public deliberation is of critical importance. It is accordingly necessary to explore the strategies deployed and role played by news and social media in representing and perhaps acting upon anti-austerity protests in the Eurozone crisis. This volume undertakes such a critical exploration.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Articulating Grievances, Identities and Agency: Critical Issues in Media Representations of Anti-Austerity Protests in the EU
PART I Constructing Grievances
2. Discursive Constructions of the Anti-Water Charges Protest Movement in Ireland
Martin J. Power, Eoin Devereux and Amanda Haynes
3. Crisis, Labour and Education: Media Discourse and Anti-Austerity Protest in Ital
4. "It is Not the Time for Intifada": a Framing and Semiotic Analysis of Televised Representations of the 2013 Cypriot Protests
Dimitra Milioni and Maria Avraamidou
PART II Group Identification
5. Solidarity or Antagonism? An Analysis of German News Media Reporting on Anti-Austerity Protests in Greece
Yannis Theocharis and Stefanie Walter
6. The 2015 Greek Bailout Referendum as a Protest Action: an Analysis of Media Representations of the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ Campaigns
Vasilis Manavopoulos and Vasiliki Triga
7. Anti-Austerity Protests, Brexit and Britishness in the News
Ruth Sanz Sabido and Stuart Price
PART III Articulating Agency
8. Mass Media, New Resistance and Mass Media: a Digital Ethnographic Analysis of the Hart Boven Hard Movement in Belgium
9. The Mediation of the Portuguese Anti-Austerity Protest Cycle: Media Coverage and its Impact
10. Transnational Solidarity and Anti-Austerity Campaigning for European Political Change
11. Conclusion: Media-Framing Analysis, One-Word Framing and ‘Austerity’
Tao Papaioannou is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Communications at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. She co-edited a special issue of Cyprus Review on media representation and the 2013 financial and political crises in Cyprus (Spring 2015) and Media Studies on critical insights in European media literacy research and policy (December 2012).
Suman Gupta is Professor of Literature and Cultural History at the Open University, UK.