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Title: The visual politics of legitimation in the digital age : the cases of the British Army and the Syrian Opposition
Author: Crilley, Rhys
ISNI:       0000 0004 5994 1497
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2016
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In the discipline of International Relations, scholars have recently drawn attention to how political actors use narratives to claim legitimacy for themselves, their actions, and their use of force. Whilst such work provides welcome insights, there has been little attention given to how these narratives are often told through visual media on digital social media sites. In light of this, this thesis argues that visual media are central to how political actors claim legitimacy for the use of force in the digital age. Theoretically informed by work on aesthetics, narrative, and visual global politics, this thesis provides an analytical framework for studying the visual politics of legitimation. This is then explored through two case studies of the British Army and the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces. In each case study I draw upon multiple methods to analyse the narrative and visual content of each actor’s official Facebook Page, as well as the contexts of media production and audience reception. This thesis contributes to studies of global politics by illustrating how each actor uses visual media to claim legitimacy for the use of force, and thereby provides the first empirical analysis of the visual politics of legitimation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Universitas 21 ; BISA Founders Fund
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HM Sociology ; JZ International relations ; N Visual arts (General) ; U Military Science (General)