Speech and Society in Turbulent Times: Freedom of Expression in Comparative Perspective

Speech and Society in Turbulent Times: Freedom of Expression in Comparative Perspective


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This volume explores how societies are addressing challenging questions about the relationship between expression, traditional and societal values, and the transformations introduced by new information communications technologies. It seeks to identify alternative approaches to the role of speech and expression in the organization of societies as well as efforts to shape the broader global information society. How have different societies or communities drawn on the ideas of philosophers, religious leaders or politicians, both historical and contemporary, that addressed questions of speech, government, order or freedoms and applied them, with particular attention to applications in the digital age? The essays include a wide variety of cultural and geographic contexts to identify different modes of thinking. The goal is to both unpack the 'normative' internet and free expression debate and to deepen understanding about why certain internet policies and models are being pursued in very different local or national contexts as well as on a global level.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781316640319
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/07/2017
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Monroe Price is founder of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University. He directed the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School and helped develop centers for media policy studies in Moscow, Budapest, New Delhi and elsewhere. An international media Moot Court established at Oxford bears his name. His most recent book is Free Expression, Globalization and the New Strategic Communication.

Nicole Stremlau is Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford. She is also Research Professor at the University of Johannesburg. She previously worked for a newspaper in Ethiopia, and has researched new technologies and innovation in Somalia and Somaliland and media and election violence in Kenya. She is the recipient of a European Research Council Starting Grant and her research and work has also been funded by the Open Society Foundations, Google, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the United Nations, among others.

Table of Contents

Foreword András Sajó; Introduction: 1. Speech and society in comparative perspective Monroe Price and Nicole Stremlau; Part I. Revisiting International Norms: 2. Islam, human rights and the new information technologies Ali Allawi; 3. Closure, strategic communications and international norms Monroe Price; Part II. Dewesternizing Tendencies: 4. Confucian speech and its challenge to the Western theory of deliberative democracy Baogang He; 5. From Gandhi to Modi: institutions and technologies of speech and symbolism in India William Gould; 6. The making of a media system in Uganda: a new vision and a revolutionary origin Nicole Stremlau; 7. Neoliberal 'good governance' in Lieu of rights: Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore experiment Cherian George; 8. Atatürk and contemporary speech lessons from the Late Ottoman and Early Republican Era Altug Akin; 9. Jewish law and ethics in the digital era Yoel Cohen; Part III. The West as Progenitor and Modifier of Concepts of Free Expression: 10. Where should speech be free? Placing liberal theories of free speech in a wider context Richard Danbury; 11. The history, philosophy and law of free expression in the United States: implications for the digital age Stephen M. Feldman; 12. The evolution of a Russian concept of free speech Elena Sherstoboeva; Part IV. Technology and Ideologies in Turbulent Times: 13. Free speech, traditional values and Hinduism in the internet age Rohit Chopra; 14. Cyber-Leninism: the political culture of the Chinese internet Rogier Creemers; 15. French national values, paternalism and the evolution of digital media Julien Mailland; 16. Strategies and tactics: re-shaping the internet in Ethiopia Iginio Gagliardone; Part V. Conclusion: 17. Philosophies and principles in turbulent times Monroe Price and Nicole Stremlau; Index.

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