The media–security nexus

Researching ritualized cycles of insecurity

Authored by: Marie Gillespie , Ben O’Loughlin

Routledge Handbook of Media, Conflict and Security

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415712910
eBook ISBN: 9781315850979
Adobe ISBN: 9781317914303


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The media–security nexus refers to the ways in which media furnish the conditions that shape how security is conceived and experienced in the interactions between security actors, media producers and audiences. It is not simply that the media are the main delivery mechanism for public knowledge about security. Rather, the precise nature of security threats, and the human and policy responses to those threats, are also produced and reproduced in and through these relationships. This apparently simple observation has important implications for research into security, media and citizenship.

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