This month in ‘On the Bookshelf’ we feature ‘Populist Communication: Ideology, Performance, Mediation′ by Dr Lone Sorensen (School of Media and Communication). This book was published in June 2021 with Palgrave Macmillan, and has just been released this autumn in paperback.
Populist Communication: Ideology, Performance, Mediation explores asks how can we make sense of the current age of global political disruption when populism leaves norms overturned and the future form of democracy unpredictable?
Political representatives are no longer elected for their experience and expertise but out of a desire for an ephemeral sense of authenticity, a direct connection to citizens, and the certainty of the truths they tell. But when populists project these ideas and claim to represent the citizenry, what is reality and what is strategic performance aimed to attract media attention?
This conceptually rich book explores the performative strategies of the populist politicians who disrupt the normative order with acts of ‘truth-telling’. It disentangles their complex use of media—from their appeal to news values through spectacular disruptions to sophisticated social media commentary—in repertoires of mediated performances. Based on vigorous empirical research in both established and transitional democracies, it develops a theoretical framework of populist communication in the new media environment.
About the Author:
Dr Sorensen is a Lecturer in Media and Communication. Her research focusses on Populism; Political performance; Political representation; Comparative study of political communication; Democratic listening; Democratisation and the media and Political truth-telling.
Her book, Populist Communication: Ideology, Performance, Mediationhas been awarded the 'Best Book Award 2022' by the Global Communication and Social Change Division of ICA. It impressed the judges so much that they added a special commendation in recognition of how rare it is for an Early Career Researcher to receive such an award in a field of established scholars.
Selected Media pieces from October and November 2022 that include input from researchers in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures
This month in ‘On the Bookshelf’ we feature ‘Socialist Women and the Great War, 1914-21: Protest, Revolution and Commemoration′ Co-edited by Professor Ingrid Sharpe and Dr Corinne Painter (both of School of Languages, Cultures and Societies) as well as Matthew Stibbe (Sheffield Hallam University). This book was published in December 2022 with Bloomsbury.
LAHRI is delighted to announce that the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Emma Stafford (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies) is now available to view on the LAHRI Professorial Inaugural Lectures page on our website.