Cultures of Scandals – Scandals in Culture

Pressemitteilung vom 12. Dezember 2019

Cultures of Scandals – Scandals in Culture

“Scandalogy 2” presents up to date analyses by international researchers of scandals.

How certain actions lead to mediated scandalization and public outrage is an indicator for the specific scandal culture of a society. For instance, sex scandals used to end political careers in the USA. The prominent case of Anthony Weiner illustrates this point. Nevertheless, the case of Silvio Berlusconi shows that there may be a different ›Mediterranean scandal culture‹. In Germany, power scandals as well as misconduct concerning German history and political culture are characteristic types of scandals. However, with larger political and technological trends in mind, it seems evident that scandal cultures are mutable – although by a long process.

In Scandalogy 2. Cultures of Scandals – Scandals in Cultures international researchers therefore present desiderata of scandalogy for cultures of scandals and scandals in culture. The book examines such phenomena because a closer look into scandal studies shows that a deeper analysis of cultural factors in the process of (non-)scandalization remains unexplored, particularly in the fields of journalism and PR. The contributions include a long-term diachronic study of scandal media coverage in Great Britain or a case study about espionage in the United States during the Cold War. Further articles focus on forms of scandalization online, in particular so-called “fire storms”.

The collected volume addresses researchers and students, particularly in communication and media studies, political science, and sociology. Findings are also of interest for practitioners in the field of public relations such as media spokespersons and experts in crisis communication.


André Haller

André Haller, Dr., geboren 1984, ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft der Universität Bamberg. Nach seinen Studienabschlüssen an den Universitäten Passau (B.A. Medien und Kommunikation) und Bamberg (M.A. Kommunikationswissenschaft) wurde er im Jahr 2013 promoviert (Thema der Dissertation: „Dissens als kommunikatives Instrument: Theorie der intendierten Selbstskandalisierung in der politischen Kommunikation“). Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte sind strategische und politische Kommunikation, Skandale und Medien und Journalismus und Medienwandel. André Haller (PhD in Communication Studies) occupies a professorship for Marketing & Communication Management and Digital ...

Hendrik Michael

Hendrik Michael ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft an der Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg. Seine Lehr- und Forschungsschwerpunkte sind Journalismusgeschichte und journalistische Gattungsforschung. Gegenwärtig arbeitet er an einer Untersuchung zur Anwendung narrativer Strategien in der Armutsberichterstattung in der deutschen und amerikanischen Massenpresse zwischen 1880 und 1910. Hendrik Michael is a research assistant at the Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Bamberg. His research focus is on theories of journalism, journalistic genres and narrative forms. He received a PhD from the University of ...