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

Speech and Society in Turbulent Times

Freedom of Expression in Comparative Perspective

Edited by Monroe Price and Nicole Stremlau

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.

Monroe Price is an Adjunct Full Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Joseph and Sadie Danciger Professor of Law and Director of the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society at the Cardozo School of Law, and a IAMCR member.

Table of Contents

Foreword (Andras Sajo, European Court of Human Rights)

Speech and Society in Comparative Perspective (Monroe Price and Nicole Stremlau)

Part I: Revisiting International Norms

Islam, Human Rights, and the New Information Technologies (Ali Allawi, former Minister of Trade, of Defence and of Finance, in Iraq)

Closure, Strategic Communications, and International Norms (Monroe Price, University of Pennsylvania)

Part II: Dewesternizing Tendencies

Confucian Speech and its Challenge to the Western Theory of Deliberative Democracy (Baogang He, Deakin University, Australia)

From Ghandi to Modi: Institutions and Technologies of Speech and Symbolism in India (William Gould, Leeds University)

The Making of a Media System in Uganda: A New Vision and a Revolutionary Origin (Nicole Stremlau, University of Oxford and University of Johannesburg)

Neoliberal “Good Governance” in Lieu of Rights: Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore Experiment (Cherian George, Hong Kong Baptist University)

Ataturk and Contemporary Speech Lessons from the Late Ottoman and Early Republican Era (Altug Akin, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey)

Jewish Law and Ethics in the Digital Era (Yoel Cohen, Ariel University, Israel)

Part III The West as a Progenitor and Modifier of Concepts of Free Expression

Where Should Speech Be Free? Placing Liberal Theories of Free Speech in a Wider Context (Richard Danbury, Oxford University and Demontfort University)

The History, Philosophy, and Law of Free Expression in the United States: Implications for the Digital Age (Stephen Feldman, University of Wyoming)

The Evolution of a Russian Concept of Free Speech (Elena Sherstoboeva, Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

Part IV: Technology and Ideologies in Turbulent Times

Free Speech, Traditional Values, and Hinduism in the Internet Age (Rohit Chopra, Santa Clara University, California)

Cyber-Leninism: The Political Culture of the Chinese Internet (Rogier Creemers, Leiden University)

French National Values, Paternalism, and the Evolution of Digital Media (Julien Mailland, Indiana University)

Strategies and Tactics: Re-shaping the Internet in Ethiopia (Iginio Gagliardone, University of Witwatersrand)

Part V Conclusion

Philosophies and Principles in Turbulent Times (Monroe Price and Nicole Stremlau)

The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: Speech and Society in Turbulent Times: Freedom of Expression in Comparative Perspective
Editors: Monroe Price and Nicole Stremlau
Published: 2017
Pages: 334
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316996850

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