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Media and Political Engagement By Peter Dahlgren (Lunds Universitet, Sweden)

Media and Political Engagement
by Peter Dahlgren (Lunds Universitet, Sweden)

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One of the most difficult problems facing Western democracy today is the decline in citizens' political engagement. This book examines the media's key role in shaping the character of civic engagement and its potential to shape and enhance political engagement, as well as create new forms of political involvement.
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Media and Political Engagement: Citizens, Communication and Democracy by Peter Dahlgren (Lunds Universitet, Sweden)

One of the most difficult problems facing Western democracy today is the decline in citizens' political engagement. There are many elements that contribute to this, including fundamental socio-cultural changes. This book summarizes these contexts and situates itself within them, while focusing on the media's key role in shaping the character of civic engagement. In particular, it examines the new interactive electronic media in terms of their civic potential. Looking at the evolution of the media landscape, the book examines key notions such as citizenship, public sphere, agency, identity, deliberation, and practice, and offers a multi-dimensional analytic framework called 'civic cultures'. This framework is then applied to several settings, including television, popular culture, journalism, the EU, and global activism, to illuminate the role of the media in deflecting and enhancing political engagement, as well as in contributing to new forms of political involvement and new understandings of what constitutes the political.

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'The vision that civic engagement in a democracy will lead to a happier and better quality of life for more people is an article of faith. With an analysis that is sobering but also passionate, Peter Dahlgren offers good reasons for believing that such a vision remains desirable and obtainable, and he shows how contemporary media technologies and institutions are central to any meaningful pursuit of such a vision. But it is human agency and political will, not machines and bureaucratic structures, that are central to this hopeful vision. Media and Political Engagement is path-breaking in its demonstration of the profound nature of media institutions as political institutions.' Andrew Calabrese, University of Colorado
'Every few years a book takes a complex debate to a new level. Dahlgren's Media and Political Engagement is one such book. Truly impressive in its scope, wise and forward-looking in its assessment of many tangled disputes in political theory and sociology, new media and popular culture, Dahlgren's book offers a convincing and original model of civic culture, articulating brilliantly the multiple cultural and social roots of political participation. By 'opening the gate', as he puts it, between standard definitions of 'politics' and 'non-politics', Dahlgren provides an essential foundation for sharper debate, across media studies, political science and political theory, on media's complex but fertile contribution to the life of democracy.' Nick Couldry, Goldsmiths College, University of London
'Media have always had an ambivalent relationship to citizenship and democracy. Sometime promoters of democratic values, often purveyors of their opposite, the role of the press, radio and television has been fraught. In this important book, Peter Dahlgren shows how the new media context has now changed the dynamics of how citizens use media to advance the democratic project. Brimming with sober analysis and relying on the latest empirical data, Dahlgren explores how the Internet has changed the nature of political engagement - perhaps forever. Far from lauding the Internet as an uncontested new agora, however, Dahlgren explores the paradoxical side of the new technology. The cautionary tone that marks this unsentimental study will inform students of politics and social activists alike.' Marc Raboy, McGill University
"Politics is an impolite topic at the dinner table; the news is sometimes superficial and often ignored; and citizens' interest in the traditional activities of democracy is on the wane. How did we get here? A new book by Peter Dahlgren...offers a more unified way to think about the variety of theoretical approaches to these problems. From social capital to identity politics, there are many ways to think about citizens' engagement and how media might play a role." Rosanne M. Scholl, Louisiana State University, Political Communication
"The vision that civic engagement in a democracy will lead to a happier and better quality of life for more people is an article of faith. With an analysis that is sobering but also passionate, Peter Dahlgren offers good reasons for believing that such a vision remains desirable and obtainable, and he shows how contemporary media technologies and institutions are central to any meaningful pursuit of such a vision. But it is human agency and political will, not machines and bureaucratic structures, that are central to this hopeful vision. Media and Political Engagement is path-breaking in its demonstration of the profound nature of media institutions as political institutions." -Andrew Calabrese, University of Colorado
"Every few years a book takes a complex debate to a new level. Dahlgren's Media and Political Engagement is one such book. Truly impressive in its scope, wise and forward-looking in its assessment of many tangled disputes in political theory and sociology, new media and popular culture, Dahlgren's book offers a convincing and original model of civic culture, articulating brilliantly the multiple cultural and social roots of political participation. By 'opening the gate', as he puts it, between standard definitions of 'politics' and 'non-politics', Dahlgren provides an essential foundation for sharper debate, across media studies, political science and political theory, on media's complex but fertile contribution to the life of democracy." -Nick Couldry, Goldsmiths College, University of London
"Media have always had an ambivalent relationship to citizenship and democracy. Sometime promoters of democratic values, often purveyors of their opposite, the role of the press, radio, and television has been fraught. In this important book, Peter Dahlgren shows how the new media context has now changed the dynamics of how citizens use media to advance the democratic project. Brimming with sober analysis and relying on the latest empirical data, Dahlgren explores how the Internet has changed the nature of political engagement - perhaps forever. Far from lauding the Internet as an uncontested new agora, however, Dahlgren explores the paradoxical side of the new technology. The cautionary tone that marks this unsentimental study will inform students of politics and social activists alike." -Marc Raboy, McGill University
"This is an excellent and important book, the work of a mature, leading scholar in the field, touching on virtually every important theme of contemporary democratic and civic life as it is influenced by communication, media culture, and the logic of networks. It is hard to imagine that Dahlgren has brought together so much of the central argument, and addressed so much of the relevant literature, in a mere two hundred pages. Indeed, it should be read by any scholar working in the field, and it is suitable for both graduate and advanced undergraduate seminars." International Journal of Press/Politics, Lewis A. Friedland, University of Wisconsin- Madison

About Peter Dahlgren (Lunds Universitet, Sweden)


Peter Dahlgren is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Lund University, Sweden. He has also taught at Stockholm University, as well as Queens College and Fordham University in New York City, and has been a visiting scholar at several other universities. He is the author of many articles and author or editor of several books, including Television and the Public Sphere (1995) and Young Citizens and New Media: Learning for Democratic Participation (2007).

Table of Contents


1. Democracy in difficult times; 2. Media alternatives; 3. Citizens and agency; 4. Engagement, deliberation, and performance; 5. Civic cultures: an analytic frame; 6. Television and popular public spheres; 7. Internet and civic potential; 8. Online practices and civic cultures.

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GOR006353532
Media and Political Engagement: Citizens, Communication and Democracy by Peter Dahlgren (Lunds Universitet, Sweden)
Peter Dahlgren (Lunds Universitet, Sweden)
Communication, Society and Politics
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2009-02-23
246
0521527899
9780521527897
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