With today’s social and geopolitical order in significant flux this project offers vital insight into the future global order by comparatively charting national media perceptions regarding the future of global competition, through the lens of Ontological Security (OS).
The authors employ a mixed-method approach to analyze 620 news articles from 47 Russian, Chinese, Venezuelan, and Iranian news sources over a five-year period (2014-2019), quantitatively comparing the drivers of their visions while providing in-depth qualitative case studies for each nation. Not only do these narratives reveal how these four nations understand the current global order, but also point to their (in)flexibility and agentic capacity for reflection in adapting, even shaping the future order, and their identity-roles within it, around an economic and diplomatic battleground. The authors argue these narratives create trajectories with inertial effects grounded in their OS needs, providing enduring insights into their behavior and interests moving into the future.
The Future of Global Coopetition will help readers understand how influential nations typical aligned in opposition to the US, envision the drivers of global competition and the make-up of the future international system. Those engaged in the study of media, global politics, international relations, and communication will find this book to be a critical source.
1. The Future of Global Competition: Ontological Security and Narratives in Chinese, Iranian, Russian, and Venezuelan Media
2. Research Design: Narrative Ordering and Contestation of Global Order
3. Ontological Security Narratives in Chinese Media: Economic Anxieties and Cautious Optimism amidst Evolving Identities
4. Ontological Security Narratives in Russian Media: The Besieged Fortress Capable of Spectacular Foreign Campaigns
5. Ontological Security Narratives in Venezuelan Media: Imperial Sharks and Identity Attachments amidst a Collapsing Domestic Order
6. Ontological Security Narratives in Iranian Media: Narrative Plurality and Moral Righteousness in Defense of a Regional Islamic Order
7. Quantitative Comparisons and Drivers of Global Competition and Narratives of Global Order
8. Efficacy of Alternative Visions of Global Order: Agency, Reflexivity, and the Limits of Change
"In this vivid study, Robert Hinck, Asya Cooley, Skye Cooley and Sara Kitsch provide a mixed-methods illustration of the origins, and operation, of narratives in four crucial contemporary case settings. This well-organized, carefully and superbly written book provides a masterful blueprint for analyzing the dynamics of status, ontological security, and strategic narratives in a potentially emergent post-liberal world order."
Brent Steele, The University of Utah