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Mass Communications and Nationalism : The Polities of Belonging and Exclusion in Contemporary Greece

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  • Roza Tsagarousianou

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This article focuses on the ways in which the prevalence of nationalist discourse in the communication process has affected political and cultural life in Greece after the end of the Cold War. It is argued that through the emergence of scientific nationalism, the enactment of public rituals, and the creation of moral panics based on media representations of ethnic/religious difference, the 'political' is simplified allowing no room for diversity and difference within the framework of national politics. The Greek mass media have been sustaining 'official' representations of 'Greece' as a nation under threat which have been crucial in the formation and maintenance of public attitudes regarding both ethno-religious minorities within Greece, and ethnic and religious groups in neighbouring countries and have undermined the formation and maintenance of public spaces (including the mass media) for representation and identity negotiation, independent from state institutions or the party system.

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Tsagarousianou, R., (1997) “Mass Communications and Nationalism : The Polities of Belonging and Exclusion in Contemporary Greece”, Res Publica 39(2), p.271-280. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v39i2.18592

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29 Jun 1997
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