Have the media contributed to exacerbating the political, cultural and religious divides within Western societies and the world at large? How can media be deployed to enrich, not inhibit, dialogue? To what extent has the media, in all its forms, questioned, celebrated or simply accepted the unleashing of a ‘war on terror’? Media and Terrorism brings together leading scholars to explore how the world's media have influenced, and in turn, been influenced by terrorism and the war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11. Accessible and user-friendly with lively and current case studies, it is a perfect student text and is an essential handbook on the dynamics of war and the media in a global context.
Chapter 13: Television and Immigration in France1
Television and Immigration in France1
If multiculturalism has been undermined by its securitization in Britain, the situation with integration of Muslim minorities into the French mainstream has been fraught with difficulties, as Tristan Mattelart suggests in this chapter, based on an extensive project he is directing about Maghrebi minorities in France. Although the events of 9/11 and the ‘war on terror’ have contributed to the representations of the Muslim minorities as a ‘menace’ to the French way of life, Mattelart maps the latent racism which has characterized French attempts at integration and shows interesting historical continuities in the representations of Muslim minorities on French television. He suggests that mainstream French media have represented the ‘Arab’ living in France as an ‘enemy ...