In what ways can mediated transnational protests express, however emergently or imperfectly, global civil society and global citizenship? How, in an increasingly fragmented and multilayered communications environment, can they contribute to a global public sphere? This book explores these and other major questions, examining protests and their transactions within and through today's complex circuits of communications and media worldwide. With contributions from leading theorists and researchers, this cutting-edge collection discusses protests focusing on war and peace, ecomy and trade, ecology and climate change, as well as political struggles for civil and human rights, including the Arab uprisings. At its core is a desire to better understand activists' invative uses of media and communications within a rapidly changing media environment, and how this is altering relations of communication power around the globe.
Simon Cottle is Professor of Media and Communications and Deputy Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. His latest books are Mediatized Conflict (2006) and Global Crisis Reporting (2009) and he is Series Editor of the Global Crises and the Media Series for Peter Lang publishing. Libby Lester is Associate Professor of Journalism, Media and Communications at the University of Tasmania. She has also worked as a journalist for a number of leading Australian newspapers and magazines. Her most recent book is Media and Environment: Conflict, Politics and the News (2010).