If It Was Not for Terrorism: Crisis, Compromise, and Elite Discourse in the Age of War on Terror aims to investigate questions regarding the hegemonic power that is exercised by elites (and mass media) through the discourse of War on Terror. The chapters in the volume provide case studies from a wide variety of geographies to debate questions regarding the construction of the meaning of terrorism, communication of collective identities and otherness, and media frames regarding the War on Terror, civil liberties, and government restrictions. In bringing this collection together, it was the editors' intention to provide a venue for discussion of expressions and diverse concerns around the themes of media and terrorism from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. The edited volume is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on elite discourse about the definition of terrorism and discursive strategies involved in construction of us vs. others. The second part of the volume investigates issues related to media framing of the compromises that are deemed necessary for success in the War on Terror. At the same time, several chapters of this part also identify opportunities for resistance to hegemonic discourse.
About the Author: Banu Baybars-Hawks (PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA, 2002) is Associate Professor, Chair of Public Relations Department, and Vice Dean in the Faculty of Communications at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her research interests include media studies, media law, political economy of media, and terrorism. She is the author of Freedom's Razored Edge: Terrorism and Media Controls in the United States and Turkey (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010). Lemi Baruh (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication, USA, 2007) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Media and Visual Arts, College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey. Lemi Baruh's research interests include new media technologies, surveillance and privacy. His research has appeared in journals such as New Media and Society, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Research, and Media Psychology. Recently he has published an edited volume entitled Reel Politics: Reality Television as a Platform for Political Discourse (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).