Citizens Or Consumers?: What the Media Tell Us about Political Participation

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McGraw-Hill Education (UK), Sep 1, 2005 - Social Science - 169 pages
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Based on the largest study of the media coverage of public opinion and citizenship in Britain and the United States, this book argues that while most of us learn about politics and public affairs from the news media, we rarely see or read about examples of an active, engaged citizenry.

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Chapter 1 Democracy citizenship and the media
Chapter 2 Meet the public
Chapter 3 How active are citizens in the media?
Chapter 4 Reporting opinion polls
Out of the mouths of babes and citizens
Inferences about public opinion
September 11th and its aftermath
Chapter 8 Getting engaged?
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Professor Justin Lewis is Professor of Communication and Deputy Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. He joined Cardiff in 2000, having worked for 12 years in the United States at the University of Massachusetts. He has written or edited 8 books about media and politics, his most recent being Constructing Public Opinion, published by Columbia University Press. He has, in recent years, been particularly interested in media and democracy, with an emphasis on public knowledge and opinion.

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen is a Lecturer in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Mediaand Cultural Studies. She is interested in the relationship between journalism,citizenship and democracy. She has recently completed the book, Journalists and the Public: Letters to the editor, citizen participation and democracy (HamptonPress), and her work has appeared in more than 20 international journals.

Sanna Inthorn is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Portsmouth. She researches and teaches on media representations of national, ethnic and civic identites. Her work has appeared in the European Journal of Cultural Studies, Journalism Studies and the Media Wales Journal.

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