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Reclaiming the Media
Communication Rights and Democratic Media Roles
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ISBN 9781841501635
Volume 3
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Published January 2007
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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.

This is volume 3 in the European Communication Research and Education Association book series.

The approach is both relevant and rich in lessons [...] a useful overview that provides a great deal of food for thought." Gilles Le Blanc.

"The collection presented here is a highly readable, multifaceted update on the fundamental relationship between media, democracy and civil rights" Marian T. Adolf in The Journal of International Communication.

'[...]lessons can be drawn from this book. First, this book and its predecessors (Servaes 2003; Servaes and Carpentier 2006) lend themselves to the conclusion that we cannot expect civil society organizations (CSOs) and democratization movements to have a significant impact in the near term on broad-gauge issues at the national and international levels. More optimistically, the second conclusion is these national and international efforts can inform local efforts (and vice versa) -- and it may be at the local level or with regard to fairly narrowly defined interests where CSOs and democratization advocates can have the greatest near-term impact.' – Arthur Morin, Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies.

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Chapter titles
Citizenship, the Public Sphere, and Media   (Free Chapter) - Page 1
Making a difference to media pluralism   (Free Chapter) - Page 9
Communication and (e)democracy: assessing ...   (Free Chapter) - Page 31
Participation and Media   (Free Chapter) - Page 87
Towards fair participation: recruitment ...   (Free Chapter) - Page 107
Appendix: the five programmes   (Free Chapter) - Page 129
Journalism, Media, and Democracy   (Free Chapter) - Page 151
Coping with the agoraphobic media professional   (Free Chapter) - Page 157
Disobedient media - unruly citizens   (Free Chapter) - Page 176
On the dark side of democracy   (Free Chapter) - Page 192
Activism and the Media   (Free Chapter) - Page 217
Contesting global capital, new media, solidarity   (Free Chapter) - Page 225
Civil Society Media at the WSIS   (Free Chapter) - Page 243
Media and communication strategies   (Free Chapter) - Page 265
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