Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Read more with Intellect – view Reclaiming the Media absolutely free on www.intellectbooks.com!

Every chapter of Volume 3 in the ECREA book series, Reclaiming the Media: Communication Rights and Democratic Media Roles, edited by Bart Cammaerts and Nico Carpentier, is now available to download as a PDF. file free from our website.

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About the book:
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. Reclaiming the Media 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 moves outside of the (traditional) media system, and deals with the diversity of media and communication strategies of activists.

Praise for the volume:
"The approach is both relevant and rich in lessons [...] a useful overview that provides a great deal of food for thought." – Gilles Le Blanc, Communication and Strategies

"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.

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