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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: December 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 641 7 Extent: c 464 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.
Contributors
Contributors include: 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, Piers Robinson, 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 Democracies and war propaganda in the 21st century 22
Piers Robinson
3 Fake news, trust, and behaviour in a digital world 36
Terry Flew
4 Cambridge Analytica 49
David R. Carroll
5 ‘Believe me’: political propaganda in the age of Trump 59
Gary D. Rawnsley
6 The information war paradox 75
Peter Pomerantsev
7 Digital propaganda as symbolic convergence: the case of Russian ads
during the 2016 US presidential election 88
Corneliu Bjola and Ilan Manor
8 Getting the message right in Xi Jinping’s China: propaganda,
story-telling, and the challenge of reaching people’s emotions 106
Kerry Brown
9 Political communication in the age of media convergence in China 119
Xiaoling Zhang and Yiben Ma
10 Xi Jinping’s grand strategy for digital propaganda 135
Titus C. Chen
11 Constructing its own reality: the CCP’s agenda for the Hong Kong
anti-extradition bill movement 151
Luwei Rose Luqiu
12 Sexuality and politics: ‘coming out’ in German and Chinese queer films 164
Hongwei Bao
13 The compassion ‘spectacle’: the propaganda of piety, virtuosity, and
altruism within neoliberal politics 176
Colin Alexander
14 Political propaganda and the global struggle against Apartheid, 1948‒1994 191
Nicholas J. Cull
15 Refugees, migration and propaganda 205
Gillian McFadyen
16 Brexit uncertainties: political rhetoric versus British core values in the NHS 219
Georgia Spiliopoulos
17 The media, antisemitism, and political warfare in Jeremy Corbyn’s
Labour Party, 2015‒2019 232
James R. Vaughan
18 Terrorist propaganda 251
Afzal Ashraf
19 Propaganda through participation: counterterrorism narratives in China 265
Chi Zhang
20 Countermeasures to extremist propaganda: a strategy for countering
absolutist religious beliefs in northeast Nigeria 278
Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob
21 Imagined minorities: making ‘real’ images of ethnic harmony in
Chinese tourism 293
Melissa Shani Brown and David O’Brien
22 The language of protest: slogans and the construction of tourism
contestation in Barcelona 308
Neil Hughes
23 The Mexican 2018 presidential election in the media landscape:
newspaper coverage, TV spots, and Twitter interaction 324
Rubén Arnoldo González
24 Political propaganda and memes in Mexico: the 2018 presidential election 342
Penélope Franco Estrada and Gary D. Rawnsley
25 Political parties, rallies, and propaganda in India 355
Andrew Wyatt
26 Media and majoritarianism in India: eroding soft power? 367
Daya Thussu
27 Korean cultural diplomacy in Laos: soft power, propaganda, and exploitation 381
Mary J. Ainslie
28 Fact-checking false claims and propaganda in the age of post-truth
politics: the Brexit referendum 398
Jen Birks
29 Beyond the smear word: media literacy educators tackle contemporary
propaganda 413
Renee Hobbs

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