The Civil Power of the News

  • Jackie Harrison

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Civil Power of the News Defined and Explained

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jackie Harrison
      Pages 3-30
    3. Jackie Harrison
      Pages 31-63
    4. Jackie Harrison
      Pages 105-142
  3. A Practical Demonstration of the Civil Power of the News Through an Analysis of the First British Railway Murder 1864

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 327-353

About this book


This landmark book is concerned with the civil power of the news. This power can be seen in the ways the news engages with public sentiment through a focus on three invariant civil concerns: identity, legitimacy and risk. The book analyses how news stories engage with these concerns to make civil and anti-civil judgements, which influence public sentiment and determine the boundaries we place and maintain around the society we live in. Through historical and contemporary examples of this boundary shaping and maintenance, The Civil Power of the News presents a bold and original account of the architecture of news, the influence it has on our conceptions of civility, and, ultimately, the power it wields.


Civil Society News Media Civil Life Journalism Public Sentiment Civil Power

Authors and affiliations

  • Jackie Harrison
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Journalism StudiesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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