Media and Participation: A Site of Ideological-democratic Struggle

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Intellect Books, 2011 - Design - 405 pages
Participation has become fashionable again, but at the same time it has always played a crucial role in our contemporary societies, and it has been omnipresent in a surprisingly large number of societal fields. In the case of the media sphere, the present-day media conjuncture is now considered to be the most participatory ever, but media participation has had a long and intense history. To deal with these paradoxes, this book looks at participation as a structurally unstable concept and as the object of a political-ideological struggle that makes it oscillate between minimalist and maximalist versions. This struggle is analysed in theoretical reflections in five fields (democracy, arts, development, spatial planning and media) and in eight different cases of media practice. These case studies also show participation’s close connection to power, identity, organization, technology and quality.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
Defining Participation An Interdisciplinary Overview
13
Keyword Power
137
Keyword Identity
173
Keyword Organization
213
Keyword Technology
265
Keyword Quality
309
A Short Conclusion
349
References
361
Back Cover
409
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Nico Carpentier is assistant professor of communication studies at the Free University of Brussels.

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