Reclaiming the media

This came in from the IAMCR email list. Looks really interesting:

Reclaiming the Media:
Communication Rights and Democratic Media Roles

Edited by Bart Cammaerts & Nico Carpentier

About the book

At the beginning of the 21st century, it hardly goes uncontested anymore that media organisations play an important role in democracy. The main questions have now become whether the contemporary media conjuncture offers enough to our democracies, how their democratic investment can be deepened and how our communication rights can be expanded.

This book aims to look at four thematic areas that structure the opportunities for democratising (media) democracy. A first section is devoted to citizenship and the public spheres, giving special attention to the general theme of communication rights. The second section elaborates further on a notion central to communication rights, namely that of participation. The third section returns to the traditional representational role in relation to democracy and citizenship, scrutinizing and criticizing the democratic efforts of contemporary journalism. The fourth section moves outside of the (traditional) media system, and deals with the diversity of media and communication strategies of activists.

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Some of the sections I think look interesting:

  • Citizenship, the Public Sphere, and Media
  • Participation and Media
  • Journalism, Media, and Democracy
  • Disobedient media – unruly citizens: governmental communication in crisis
  • Activism and Media
  • Civil Society Media at the WSIS: a new actor in global communication governance?
  • Media and communication strategies of glocalized activists: beyond media-centric thinking

Ordering is here.
More about the ECREA book series here.

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