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Research Handbook on Political Propaganda
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Research Handbook on Political Propaganda

9781789906417 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Gary D. Rawnsley, Professor of Public Diplomacy, School of International Studies and Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, China, Yiben Ma, Convenor of the Preliminary Year Programme for International Communications, Centre for English Language Education, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, China and Kruakae Pothong, Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 641 7 Extent: 456 pp
This timely Research Handbook draws on a wide range of international case studies to assess the transformative impact of modern communication landscapes on political propaganda. From Brexit to Donald Trump, from presidential elections in Mexico to political rallies in India, from ‘fake news’ to Cambridge Analytica, contributors demonstrate the ways in which growing digital platforms have amplified the reach and influence of political propaganda.

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This timely Research Handbook draws on a wide range of international case studies to assess the transformative impact of modern communication landscapes on political propaganda. From Brexit to Donald Trump, from presidential elections in Mexico to political rallies in India, from ‘fake news’ to Cambridge Analytica, contributors demonstrate the ways in which growing digital platforms have amplified the reach and influence of political propaganda.

International contributors dissect current political contexts, with a key focus on the growth of populism, nationalism, and alt-right politics, to understand how propaganda contributes to the formation and organization of political cultures. Chapters pay close attention to recent election campaigns across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and analyse political and cultural information wars that have been fuelled by misinformation and the so-called ‘fake news’ in digital media. Bringing together pioneering empirical research into contemporary communication, campaigning, journalism, and new media in a new political age, this Research Handbook provides a critical understanding of how propaganda contributes to the modern exercise of power globally.

Offering interdisciplinary perspectives on an issue at the forefront of contemporary politics, this Research Handbook is a crucial resource for both scholars and students of international politics and relations, security, communications, and media studies. Its practical insights into political campaigning and new media will also benefit policymakers, governments, and citizens in handling key challenges posed to the healthy functioning of political systems by propaganda.
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Contributors: Mary J. Ainslie, Colin Alexander, Afzal Ashraf, Hongwei Bao, Jen Birks, Corneliu Bjola, Kerry Brown, Melissa Shani Brown, David R. Carroll, Titus C. Chen, Naren Chitty, Nicholas J. Cull, Terry Flew, Penélope Franco Estrada, Rubén Arnoldo González, Renee Hobbs, Neil Hughes, Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, Luwei Rose Luqiu, Yiben MaIlan Manor, Gillian McFadyen, David O’Brien, Peter Pomerantsev, Kruakae Pothong, Gary D. Rawnsley, Georgia Spiliopoulos, Daya Thussu, James R. Vaughan, Andrew Wyatt, Chi Zhang, Xiaoling Zhang
Contents
Contents:

Introduction to the Research Handbook on Political Propaganda 1
Gary D. Rawnsley, Yiben Ma, and Kruakae Pothong
1 World propaganda and personal insecurity: intent, content, and contentment 7
Naren Chitty
2 Fake news, trust, and behaviour in a digital world 28
Terry Flew
3 Cambridge Analytica 41
David R. Carroll
4 ‘Believe me’: political propaganda in the age of Trump 51
Gary D. Rawnsley
5 The information war paradox 67
Peter Pomerantsev
6 Digital propaganda as symbolic convergence: the case of Russian ads
during the 2016 US presidential election 80
Corneliu Bjola and Ilan Manor
7 Getting the message right in Xi Jinping’s China: propaganda,
story-telling, and the challenge of reaching people’s emotions 98
Kerry Brown
8 Political communication in the age of media convergence in China 111
Xiaoling Zhang and Yiben Ma
9 Xi Jinping’s grand strategy for digital propaganda 127
Titus C. Chen
10 Constructing its own reality: the CCP’s agenda for the Hong Kong
anti-extradition bill movement 143
Luwei Rose Luqiu
11 Sexuality and politics: ‘coming out’ in German and Chinese queer films 156
Hongwei Bao
12 The compassion ‘spectacle’: the propaganda of piety, virtuosity, and
altruism within neoliberal politics 168
Colin Alexander
13 Political propaganda and the global struggle against Apartheid, 1948‒1994 183
Nicholas J. Cull
14 Refugees, migration, and propaganda 197
Gillian McFadyen
15 Brexit uncertainties: political rhetoric versus British core values in the NHS 211
Georgia Spiliopoulos
16 The media, antisemitism, and political warfare in Jeremy Corbyn’s
Labour Party, 2015‒2019 224
James R. Vaughan
17 Terrorist propaganda 243
Afzal Ashraf
18 Propaganda through participation: counterterrorism narratives in China 257
Chi Zhang
19 Countermeasures to extremist propaganda: a strategy for countering
absolutist religious beliefs in northeast Nigeria 270
Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob
20 Imagined minorities: making ‘real’ images of ethnic harmony in
Chinese tourism 285
Melissa Shani Brown and David O’Brien
21 The language of protest: slogans and the construction of tourism
contestation in Barcelona 300
Neil Hughes
22 The Mexican 2018 presidential election in the media landscape:
newspaper coverage, TV spots, and Twitter interaction 315
Rubén Arnoldo González
23 Political propaganda and memes in Mexico: the 2018 presidential election 333
Penélope Franco Estrada and Gary D. Rawnsley
24 Political parties, rallies, and propaganda in India 347
Andrew Wyatt
25 Media and majoritarianism in India: eroding soft power? 359
Daya Thussu
26 Korean cultural diplomacy in Laos: soft power, propaganda, and exploitation 373
Mary J. Ainslie
27 Fact-checking false claims and propaganda in the age of post-truth
politics: the Brexit referendum 390
Jen Birks
28 Beyond the smear word: media literacy educators tackle contemporary
propaganda 405
Renee Hobbs

Index 421
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