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Mediatization at the Margins : Cosmopolitanism, Network Capital, and Spatial Transformation in Rural Sweden

Jansson, André and Andersson, Magnus LU (2012) In Communications: the European Journal of Communication Research 37(2). p.173-194
Abstract
The significance of mediatization in countryside settings is an under-researched topic in media studies. In this paper, based on qualitative fieldwork carried out in two rural areas in Sweden, we study how mediatization integrates the prospects of cosmopolitan social change. The current phase of the mediatization process, which imposes a more dynamic register of networked communication, nourishes a new type of cosmopolitan identity in the countryside. As shown in the study, this development is constituted by complex configurations of different forms of mobility and connectivity. We argue that these spatial processes are socially structured, meaning that certain social groups are better equipped, through the appropriation of network... (More)
The significance of mediatization in countryside settings is an under-researched topic in media studies. In this paper, based on qualitative fieldwork carried out in two rural areas in Sweden, we study how mediatization integrates the prospects of cosmopolitan social change. The current phase of the mediatization process, which imposes a more dynamic register of networked communication, nourishes a new type of cosmopolitan identity in the countryside. As shown in the study, this development is constituted by complex configurations of different forms of mobility and connectivity. We argue that these spatial processes are socially structured, meaning that certain social groups are better equipped, through the appropriation of network capital, for turning cosmopolitan dispositions into a transformative resource, a ‘cosmopolitan politics of place’. Such alterations of the social structure may successively destabilize the relationship between ‘the urban’ and ‘the rural’. (Less)
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cosmopolitanism, rural studies, geography, network capital, mediatization
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Communications: the European Journal of Communication Research
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173 - 194
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  author       = {Jansson, André and Andersson, Magnus},
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  keyword      = {cosmopolitanism,rural studies,geography,network capital,mediatization},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {173--194},
  publisher    = {Mouton de Gruyter},
  series       = {Communications: the European Journal of Communication Research},
  title        = {Mediatization at the Margins : Cosmopolitanism, Network Capital, and Spatial Transformation in Rural Sweden},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/commun-2012-0009},
  volume       = {37},
  year         = {2012},
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