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Seeking ontological security beyond the nation: the role of transnational television

Georgiou, Myria ORCID: 0000-0001-8771-8469 (2013) Seeking ontological security beyond the nation: the role of transnational television. Television & New Media, 14 (4). pp. 304-321. ISSN 1552-8316

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1527476412463448


This article examines the role of transnational television in supporting transnational subjects’ ontological security in a world of information, risk, interconnected spaces but fragmented social relations. The discussion draws from Silverstone’s and Giddens’s work on ontological security and modernity. It revisits Silverstone’s analysis of television as a core system for managing modern subjects’ insecurities and relocates this thesis in a transnational context. Enabling symbolic as well as physical co-presence, the space around television becomes a contradictory, yet important, frame for managing everyday anxieties shared by many migrants and diasporic subjects. This is particularly the case for people torn by anxieties associated with separation, political instability in their region of origin, and the precariousness of migrant life. With reference to empirical research with Arab audiences across Europe, the article shows that television sustains its central role, even when new media make significant advances.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2012 11:17
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:47
Projects: n° 217480
Funders: European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013

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