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Theory, boundaries and political communication - The uses of disparity

Dahlgren, Peter LU (2004) In European Journal of Communication 19(1). p.7-18
Abstract
While the themes of fragmentation and insufficient coherence dominated discussions in the field of media and communication studies a decade ago, today they seem less urgent, even if at times still problematic. In terms of theory, the field is well served by its permeable boundaries, since much of its theory is 'imported'. Moreover, theory needs nondoctrinaire critical stances to address the distress of the world. Systems of political communication are in rapid transformation, and we need good theoretic tools to confront the changes. This subfield is still very much coloured by traditional political science; however, we also see important contributions for the public sphere and culturalist approaches. All three have strengths and... (More)
While the themes of fragmentation and insufficient coherence dominated discussions in the field of media and communication studies a decade ago, today they seem less urgent, even if at times still problematic. In terms of theory, the field is well served by its permeable boundaries, since much of its theory is 'imported'. Moreover, theory needs nondoctrinaire critical stances to address the distress of the world. Systems of political communication are in rapid transformation, and we need good theoretic tools to confront the changes. This subfield is still very much coloured by traditional political science; however, we also see important contributions for the public sphere and culturalist approaches. All three have strengths and weaknesses, all have their differences that must be respected. Yet there are some signs of complementarity, and if we avoid orthodox positions, we may well find more synergic interplay between them. (Less)
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media theory, media studies, democracy, citizens, communication, political
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European Journal of Communication
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19
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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  keyword      = {media theory,media studies,democracy,citizens,communication,political},
  language     = {eng},
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  pages        = {7--18},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {European Journal of Communication},
  title        = {Theory, boundaries and political communication - The uses of disparity},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0267323104040691},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2004},
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