Media and the Politics of Offence

Editors: Graefer, Anne (Ed.)

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  • Develops a nuanced understanding of mediated offence, a highly topical theme in the current cultural and political landscape
  • Sheds light on an underexplored field with diverse theoretical and empirical analyses
  • Goes far beyond a westernised approach by providing cross-cultural insights from international scholars
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This book explores different forms of mediated offence in the context of Trump's America, Brexit Britain, and the rise of far-right movements across the globe. In this political landscape, the so-called ‘right to offend’ is often seen as a legitimate weapon against a ‘political correctness gone mad’ that stifles ‘free speech’. Against the backdrop of these current developments, this book aims to generate a productive dialogue among scholars working in a variety of intellectual disciplines, geographical locations and methodological traditions. The contributors share a concern about the complex and ambiguous nature of offence as well as about the different ways in which this so-called ‘negative affect’ comes to matter in our everyday and socio-political lives. Through a series of instructive case studies of recent media provocations, the authors illustrate how being offended is more than an individual feeling and is, instead, closely tied to political structures and power relations.

About the authors

Anne Graefer is Lecturer in Media Theory at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, UK. She is co-author, with Ranjana Das, of Provocative Screens: Offended Audiences in Britain and Germany (2017).


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“This valuable collection of essays helps to foster a more sophisticated approach to important questions of offensiveness in public discourse.  Situating offence in relation to structures of power, the book is diverse in its empirical cases and analytical approaches; takes us beyond westernised contexts as well as including them; and deals with a range of different forms of expression, representation and practice.” (Michael Pickering, Loughborough University, UK)

“This collection is both timely and extremely welcome in a climate where issues of offence have become of central political importance. Wide-ranging in its scope, the book provides an accessible introduction to the contemporary entanglements of media, offence, controversy, civility and affect.” (Feona  Attwood, Professor of Cultural Studies, Communication and Media, Middlesex University, UK)

“This is a significant and timely collection exploring the knotty business of mediated offence in contemporary political landscapes.. A must-read for scholars and students in media and communications, cultural studies, gender studies, sociology and political science.” (Sharon Lockyer, Brunel University London, UK)

“This multi-disciplinary volume highlights the increasingly central use of offence as a communicative resource for taking a stance, staging protests, silencing others and gaining a voice, combining classic thinkers such as Goffman with up-to-the-minute case studies. A must-read for divisive times.” (Caroline Tagg, Open University, UK)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction to Media and the Politics of Offence

    Pages 1-20

    Graefer, Anne

  • Political Offensiveness in the Mediated Public Sphere: The Performative Play of Alignments

    Pages 23-46

    Montgomery, Martin (et al.)

  • Creating an Emotional Community: The Negotiation of Anger and Resistance to Donald Trump

    Pages 47-63

    Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin

  • Unruly Women and Carnivalesque Counter-Control: Offensive Humor in Mediated Social Protest

    Pages 65-89

    Graefer, Anne (et al.)

  • Changing Visual Politics in South Africa: Old and New Modes of Exclusion, Protest and Offence

    Pages 91-106

    Kesting, Marietta

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Media and the Politics of Offence
Editors
  • Anne Graefer
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17574-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17574-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-17573-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 258
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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