Television and the Public Sphere

Television and the Public Sphere : Citizenship, Democracy and the Media

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In this broad-ranging text, Peter Dahlgren clarifies the underlying theoretical concepts of civil society and the public sphere, and relates these to a critical analysis of the practice of television as journalism, as information and as entertainment. He demonstrates the limits and the possibilities of the television medium and the formats of popular journalism. These issues are linked to the potential of the audience to interpret or resist messages, and to construct its own meanings. What does a realistic understanding of the functioning and the capabilities of television imply for citizenship and democracy in a mediated age?
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12.7mm | 460g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0803989229
  • 9780803989221

Table of contents

PART ONE: INITIAL HORIZONS
Mediating Democracy
Prismatic Television
Popular Television Journalism
PART TWO: SHIFTING FRAMES
Modern Contingencies
Communication and Subjectivity
Civil Society and Its Citizens
PART THREE: FLICKERING HOPES
Democratic Mediations?
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About Peter Dahlgren

Peter Dahlgren is Principal Lecturer in the Department of Journalism, Media and Communications at the University of Stockholm. He is the author or editor of numerous works in Swedish and of two books in English, both of which he edited with Colin Sparks: Communication and Citizenship (Sage, 1991) and Journalism and Popular Culture (Sage, 1992).
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