Thursday, July 14, 2011
Professor Simon Cottle’s new book, Transnational Protests and the Media, will examine the changing nature of transnational protests and their transactions within and through communications and media worldwide.
The book, which is co-edited by Libby Lester (University of Tasmania), features contributions from leading theorists and researchers and explores transnational protests focusing on war and peace, economy and trade, ecology and climate change and political struggles for civil and human rights – including the Arab uprisings of 2011.
Professor Cottle said, “As the Arab uprisings have dramatically shown, the role of media and communication networks in struggles for change has become increasingly complex and indispensable.
“With increasing numbers of people around the world now taking to the streets in pursuit of global causes and issues of social justice it is time to re-evaluate the ways in which media and communications not only define and communicate protests but also how they variously enter into them, shaping their forms and outcomes.”
Including researchers and case studies drawn from around the world, Transnational Protests and the Media seeks to better understand the increasingly innovative uses of media and communications by protestors and activists within a rapidly changing media environment and how this is altering relations of communication power from the local to the global.