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The Portrayal and Punishment of Terrorists in Western Media

Playing the Villain

Authors: Spens, Christiana

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  • Develops an integrated method of intervisuality 
  • Examines scapegoating and narrative closure 
  • Shows how neo-Orientalism manifests in media portrayals of terrorists 
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This book explores how terrorists have been portrayed in the Western media, and the wider ideological and social functions of those representations. Developing a theory of scapegoating related to narrative closure, as well as an integrated, genealogical method of intervisuality, the book proposes a new way of thinking about how political images achieve power and influence the public. By connecting modern portrayals of terrorists (post-9/11) with historical and fictional images of villains from Western cultural history, the book argues that the portrayal and punishment of terrorists in the Western media implicitly perpetuates neo-Orientalist attitudes. It also explains that by repeating these narrative patterns through a ritual of scapegoating, Western media coverage of terrorists partakes in a social process that uses punishment, dehumanization and colonialist ideas to purge the iconic ‘villain’, so as to build national unity and sustain hegemonic power following crisis.

About the authors

Christiana Spens is the author of Shooting Hipsters: Rethinking Dissent for the Age of PR, and writes for Prospect, Art Quarterly, Studio International and The New Strategist on politics, art and visual culture. She is also a founder and director of Truth Tellers, a research centre focused on art, trauma and international relations.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Portrayal and Punishment of Terrorists in Western Media
Book Subtitle
Playing the Villain
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, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04882-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04882-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04881-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 253
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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