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Title: 'It is not the time for intifada': a framing and semiotic analysis of televised representations of the 2013 cypriot protests
Authors: Milioni, Dimitra L. 
Avraamidou, Maria 
Keywords: Media–protest;Visual rhetoric;Cypriot protests
Category: Media and Communications
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 13-Sep-2017
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Source: Media representations of anti-austerity protests in the EU : grievances, identities and agency, 2017, Pages 70-91
Abstract: The study of the media–protest relation ‘is perhaps the oldest and most-travelled trail in studying the media/social movement dynamic’ (McCurdy, 2012, p. 244). Yet although ‘social movements and the protests they launch are essentially visual phenomena’ (Mattoni and Teune, 2014, p. 876), scant attention has been paid so far to the visual as a site of semiotic struggle over media representations by protest movements (exceptions being Corrigall-Brown and Wilkes, 2012; Doerr et al., 2013; Phillips, 2011). Television, as a prime site for visual rhetoric, has been shown to be deeply ambivalent towards protest, oscillating between delegitimising and legitimising practices (Fahlenbrach, 2014). The Cypriot protests in March 2013, addressed in this chapter, failed to evolve into a robust anti-austerity protest movement (Charalambous and Ioannou, forthcoming). As mainstream media constitute an important ‘opportunity structure’ for social movements (Cammaerts, 2012) and define, along with other factors, their dynamics, it is important to study media representations of the Cypriot protests.
ISBN: 9781134868797
Rights: © 2018 Taylor & Francis
Type: Book Chapter
Appears in Collections:Κεφάλαια βιβλίων/Book chapters

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