New Publication on Terrorism and the Media: An International Perspective

Cambridge University Press has recently released If It Was Not for Terrorism: Crisis, Compromise, and Elite Discourse in the Age of “War on Terror,” a book co-edited by Dr. Banu Hawks, assistant dean of the Faculty of Communications and head of the Department of Public Relations at Kadir Has University, and Lemi Baruh.  The book examines questions about how elites and the media have exercised hegemonic power through discourses of the “War on Terror.”

Taking examples from around the world, the chapters in the book investigate how the term “terrorism” has been constructed and how expressions of collective identities and otherness have been implicated within that concept. They also explore media perspectives on the “War on Terror,” civil liberties and government censorship.

Through international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the volume examines various expressions and concerns on the themes of media and terrorism. The first part of the book explores how elites have sought to define terrorism and the discursive strategies that are employed in constructing the dialectic of “us vs. others,” while the second part offers discussions about how the media frames the compromises deemed necessary to succeed in the “War on Terror.” Other chapters in the second section also point out opportunities for resistance to such hegemonic discourses.