The Civil Power of the News

Authors: Harrison, Jackie

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  • Presents an original conceptual framework to examine how news exercises its civil power by making civil and anti-civil judgements
  • Explores how the news interprets our invariant civil concerns of who we identify with, what we regard as legitimate and what risks we think we face
  • Examines how civil and anti-civil judgements are influenced by commercial and political power
  • Concludes with a detailed empirical analyses of a fascinating case study based on a new research template that demonstrates how the news exercises civil power
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This landmark book is concerned with the civil power of the news. This power can be seen in the ways the news engages with public sentiment through a focus on three invariant civil concerns: identity, legitimacy and risk. The book analyses how news stories engage with these concerns to make civil and anti-civil judgements, which influence public sentiment and determine the boundaries we place and maintain around the society we live in. Through historical and contemporary examples of this boundary shaping and maintenance, The Civil Power of the News presents a bold and original account of the architecture of news, the influence it has on our conceptions of civility, and, ultimately, the power it wields.


About the authors

Jackie Harrison is Professor of Public Communication and Chair of the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) at the University of Sheffield, UK. She also holds the UNESCO Chair on Media Freedom, Journalism Safety and the Issue of Impunity. She has published extensively in the areas of freedom of expression, media regulation and policy, the mediation of civil society and on issues of news media freedom and standards.

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The Civil Power of the News is an extraordinary work, one that deserves to be widely read, widely discussed, and widely reviewed. Jackie Harrison advances a new model of how journalism can create but also undermine civil-democratic power. She illustrates this rigorous conceptual argument with an empirically rich and morally compelling case study of Victorian crime that reads like a detective novel. (Jeffrey C. Alexander, Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology, Yale University, USA)

“Original in its conceptualization … sophisticated in its methodological approach … with a glimmer of hope for the civil potential of journalism.” (María Luengo Cruz, Associate Professor of Journalism, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook £43.99
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Hardcover £69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19380-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Civil Power of the News
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19381-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19381-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19380-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 353
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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