The mediation of nationhood: Communicating the world as a world of nations

Michael Skey

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This article provides an alternative perspective on the relationship between media and nation by theorizing the significance of media institutions, representations, and practices in routinely articulating the world, as a world of nations. The first part builds a more dynamic framework for understanding these cumulative processes, arguing that an analytical distinction should be made between the mediation of individual nations and the mediation of nationhood. In the second, I consider the possible significance of these processes, namely the articulation of nations as coherent and knowable entities, in sustaining an ongoing sense of (national) identity, place, and community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalCommunication Theory
Issue number1
Early online date16 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • Mediation
  • Nationalism
  • National identity
  • Globalisation
  • Ontological security
  • communication

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