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Connection or disconnection? Tracking the mediated public sphere in everyday life

Couldry, N. and Livingstone, S. and Markham, Tim (2007) Connection or disconnection? Tracking the mediated public sphere in everyday life. In: Butsch, R. (ed.) Media and Public Spheres. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 28-42. ISBN 9780230007215.

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Book synopsis: Media and Public Spheres, now available in paperback, presents empirical studies of print, recorded music, movies, radio, television and the Internet that reveal how media structure public spheres as well as how people use media to participate in the public sphere. They explore the nature of public spheres, how they are deliberative, egalitarian, exclusive or alternative, and the dilemmas that each of these present. The studies include cases of media, present and past, in North America, Europe and Asia. The contributors are from the US, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Australia and China. They are familiar with varied media and political systems and span a wide array of scholarly fields, including communication and media studies, political science, sociology, psychology and history.

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Additional Information: Reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive version of this piece may be found in Media and Public Spheres edited by Richard Butsch which can be accessed from
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Film, Media and Cultural Studies
Depositing User: Tim Markham
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2012 09:36
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33

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