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[ecrea] Read the ECREA3 book Reclaiming the Media for free

Fri Apr 04 14:30:56 GMT 2008

Read the ECREA3 book Reclaiming the Media for free on

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 the Intellect website.

To read the chapters follow the link:

Scroll down to the book chapters and click on a chapter title.

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.

Table of contents (with links to the chapters):

Part 1
Citizenship, the Public Sphere, and Media
by Bart Cammaerts

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

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

Reducing communicative inequalities: towards a pedagogy for inclusion
by Margit Böck

Part 2
Participation and Media
by Nico Carpentier

Citizen participation and local public spheres: 
an agency and identity focussed approach to the 
Tampere postal services conflict
by Auli Harju

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

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

Part 3
Journalism, Media, and Democracy
by Nico Carpentier

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

Disobedient media  unruly citizens: governmental communication in crisis
by Hannu Nieminen

On the dark side of democracy: the global imaginary of financial journalism
by Anu Kantola

Part 4
Activism and the Media
by Bart Cammaerts

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

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

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

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
Centre for Studies on Media and Culture (CeMeSO)
Pleinlaan 2 - B-1050 Brussels - Belgium
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Office: 5B.401a
Katholieke Universiteit Brussel - Catholic University of Brussels
Vrijheidslaan 17 - B-1081 Brussel - Belgium
Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis
Boulevard du Jardin Botanique 43  - B-1000 Brussel - Belgium
Sponsored links ;)
Understanding Alternative Media
by Olga Bailey, Bart Cammaerts, Nico Carpentier
(December 2007)
Participation and Media Production. Critical Reflections on Content Creation.
Edited by Nico Carpentier and Benjamin De Cleen
(January 2008)

European Communication Research and Education Association
ECREA's Second European Communication Conference
Barcelona, 25-28 November 2008
E-mail: (Nico.Carpentier /at/

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