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.

Terror, Culture and Anti-Muslim Racism

Terror, culture and anti-muslim racism
GholamKhiabany
MillyWilliamson

The ‘war on terror’ has had a profound impact on social relations, government policy towards minorities, and discourses of race and religion. Writing about how the ‘war on terror’ has shaped debates about multiculturalism, Gholam Khiabany and Milly Williamson examine how in Britain, Islam has been redefined in cultural terms – a binary of ‘us’ vs. ‘them’ – within the mainstream media as well as in the realm of state policy. The chapter explores how the perceived threat from global jihad has been used to circumscribe the civil rights of British Muslims, who face a high degree of discrimination and, in many instances, demonization in the media, and not just within its right-wing, as Islamophobia cuts ...

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