Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence
Fig. 1. Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence. Courtesy of Routledge, 2012.

Routledge publishes a new book titled "Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence: The Role of Religion and Media" written by Jolyon Mitchell from the University of Edinburgh.

Publication Data

Mitchell, Jolyon. Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence: The Role of Religion and Media. Routledge, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-415-55747-4.


This book explores how media and religion combine to play a role in promoting peace and inciting violence. It analyses a wide range of media - from posters, cartoons and stained glass to websites, radio and film - and draws on diverse examples from around the world, including Iran, Rwanda and South Africa.

- Part One considers how various media forms can contribute to the creation of violent environments: by memorialising past hurts; by instilling fear of the ‘other’; by encouraging audiences to fight, to die or to kill neighbours for an apparently greater good.
- Part Two explores how film can bear witness to past acts of violence, how film-makers can reveal the search for truth, justice and reconciliation, and how new media can become sites for non-violent responses to terrorism and government oppression. To what extent can popular media arts contribute to imagining and building peace, transforming weapons into art, swords into ploughshares?

Jolyon Mitchell skillfully combines personal narrative, practical insight and academic analysis.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Part One: Inciting Violence 
1. Visualising Holy War 
2. Celebrating Martyrdom 
3. Cultivating Violence 
Part One Conclusions
Part Two: Promoting Peace 
4. Bearing Witness through Film 
5. Searching for Truth and Reconciliation 
6. Promoting Peace on Screen 
7. Conclusion: ‘Swords into Ploughshares’

About the Author

Jolyon Mitchell is Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, UK. A former BBC World Service producer and journalist, he has written and lectured widely on issues relating to communications, violence and peacebuilding. His publications include Media Violence and Christian Ethics (2007) and Religion, Media and Culture: A Reader (2011).

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