Academic journal article Communication Research Trends

Roosvall, Anna and Inka Salovaaa-Moring (Eds.). Communicating the Nation: National Topographies of Global Media Landscapes

Academic journal article Communication Research Trends

Roosvall, Anna and Inka Salovaaa-Moring (Eds.). Communicating the Nation: National Topographies of Global Media Landscapes

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Roosvall, Anna and Inka Salovaaa-Moring (Eds.). Communicating the Nation: National Topographies of Global Media Landscapes. Goteborg, Sweden: NORDICOM, 2010. Pp. 256. ISBN 978-91-89471-962 (paper). SEK 280, 30 [euro].

We tend to take the concept of "nation" for granted, even if we realize that at some level it is a construct. It certainly is useful: as Roosvall and Salovaara-Moring remind us in their introduction, "Political, sports, and cultural events, in the news as well as in fiction, are largely structured by the national logic" (p. 9). To that list we could probably add many, many more things--economics, media systems, personal relations, business practices, warfare, music, and so on. Nation touches on all of them. Roosvall and Salovaara-Moring group the essays in the book around three key themes: the nation as a social category, the nation as a part of a structure of empirical analysis, and the nation as motivation for reorganizing the space around us. Communication products and communication practices affect all three areas.

Individual chapters in Part I on the making of nations examine "inter-nationalism" in media research, focusing on the flow of information (Terhi Rantanen), "the nation as media event" (Britta Timm Knudsen), the mediation of death as a way of creating national communities (Lilie Chouliaraki), and national branding (Goran Bolin and Per Stahlberg). …

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