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Finding the Right Place on the Map

Central and Eastern European Media Change in a Global Perspective

Finding the Right Place on the Map is an international comparison of the media systems and democratic performance of the media in post-communist countries. From a comparative east-west perspective, this groundbreaking volume analyzes issues of commercial media, social exclusion, and consumer capitalism. With topics ranging from the civil society approach, public service broadcasting, fandom, and the representation of poverty, each chapter considers a different aspect of the trends and problems surrounding the international media. This volume is an up-to-date overview of what media transformation has meant for post-communist countries in the past two decades. 

304 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2008

Media Studies

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"Written by practitioners and academics in an easily accessible manner, this volume bridges theoretical and practical perspectives and provides a good overview of the subject."


"This is a remarkably informative collection of essays reviewing the changes since 1989 in media performance, ownership, and relation to the state. The editors are two of the most seasoned and judicious researchers on the region’s media, and they have brought together a very impressive team of their peers in the field."

John Downing | Slavic Review

Table of Contents

Twelve Concepts Regarding Media System Evolution and Democratization in Post-Communist Societies -- Karol Jakubowicz and Miklós Sükösd
Part One: Dimensions of Change
After Transition: The Media in Poland, Russia and China -- Colin Sparks
The Consolidation of Media Freedom in Post-Communist Countries -- Péter Bajomi-Lázár
Part Two: Normative and Policy Approaches to Media and Democracy
How Media and Politics Shape Each Other in the New Europe -- Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
Finding the Right Place on the Map: Prospects for Public Service Broadcasting in Post-Communist Countries -- Karol Jakubowicz
Dances with Wolves: A Meditation on the Media and Political System in the European Union’s Romania -- Peter Gross
Democratizing Media, Welcoming Big Brother: Media in Bosnia and Herzegovina -- Aida A. Hozic
Media Concentration Trends in Central and Eastern Europe -- Zrinjka Peruško and Helena Popoviç
Part Three: Objectivity vs Partisanship and Fandom
How Will It All Unfold? Media Systems and Journalism Cultures in Post-Communist Countries -- Epp Lauk
Changing Journalistic Discourses in the Baltic States - How to Deal with Cheap Journalism -- Auksè Balcytienè
Effect Seekers and Media Spectacle: Hungarian Audience Responses to Partisan Media -- Péter Csigó
Part Four: Media, Exclusion, and Conflict
The Disadvantaged in Infotainment Television: From Representation to Policy -- Ferenc Hammer
Radicals Online: The Hungarian Street Protests of 2006 and the Internet -- Mónika Mátay and Ildikó Kaposi
Authors Biographies

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