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Reclaiming the Media

Communication Rights and Democratic Media Roles

In the twentieth century, the media gave whistleblowers a voice, spearheaded the downfall of powerful politicians, and exposed widespread corporate corruption.  How will the twenty-first-century media cope with its storied legacy as the watchdog of democratic society?  Reclaiming the Media examines the sometimes tenuous, often fraught relationship between media organizations and civil rights in Europe.  In sections devoted to citizenship, participation, contemporary journalism, and activist communication strategies, a panel of European media experts makes the case for deepening the media’s role in democracy.

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Table of Contents

Peter Dahlgren

Bart Cammaerts and Nico Carpentier

Reclaiming the media: communication rights and expanding democratic media roles 

Section One: Citizenship, the Public Sphere, and Media by Bart Cammaerts

Chapter One
Making a difference to media pluralism: a critique of the pluralistic consensus
in European media policy
Kari Karppinen

Chapter Two
Communication and (e)democracy: assessing European e-democracy discourses 
Arjuna Tuzzi,Claudia Padovani, and Giorgia Nesti

Chapter Three
Reducing communicative inequalities towards a pedagogy for inclusion
Margit Böck

Section Two: Participation and Media by Nico Carpentier
Chapter Four
Citizen participation and local public spheres:an agency and identity focussed approach to the Tampere postal services conflict
Auli Harju

Chapter Five
Towards fair participation: recruitment strategies in Demostation
Egil G. Skogseth

Appendix: the five programmes

Chapter Six
Representation and inclusion in the online debate: the issue of honor killings
Tamara Witschge

Section Three: Journalism, Media, and Democracy by Nico Carpentier 

Chapter Seven
Coping with the agoraphobic media professional: a typology of journalistic practices reinforcing democracy and participation 
Nico Carpentier

Chapter Eight
Disobedient media – unruly citizens: governmental communication in crisis
Hannu Nieminen
Chapter Nine
On the dark side of democracy: the global imaginary of financial journalism
Anu Kantola

Section Four: Activism and Media by Bart Cammaerts

Chapter Ten
Contesting global capital, new media, solidarity, and the role of a social imaginary 
Natalie Fenton

Chapter Eleven
Civil Society Media at the WSIS: a new actor in global communication governance?
Arne Hintz

Chapter Twelve 
Media and communication strategies of glocalized activists: beyond media-centric thinking
Bart Cammaerts

Notes on the Contributors

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