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Participation, representation and media system: Habermasian paths to the past
Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 2, p. 435-447Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing from Swedish press history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the present article argues for further historical investigation into three aspects of Jürgen Habermas’ theory of the public sphere. The first concerns actual media participation, the second the representative features of media institutions, and the third media systems. These routes of analysis can and should be combined, and historical specificity is key. When we focus on concrete situations and places, the neat grand-scale chronologies (Habermas’ and others’) fall short. There is no simple development from a "representative publicness” to a participatory public sphere, and back again. And the media have always been interconnected in a system-like way. However, historical specificity does not exclude contemporary developments. The present conclusion is that if we are to gain any true understanding of contemporary phenomena, a historical perspective is crucial, and aspects of Habermas’ theory can serve as heuristic tools.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2010. Vol. 2, p. 435-447
Keywords [en]
Participatory media, representati on, media system, public sphere, Jürgen Habermas, press history, eighte enth century, nineteenth century
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History Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-69706OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-69706DiVA, id: diva2:1257430
Available from: 2018-10-20 Created: 2018-10-20 Last updated: 2018-10-25Bibliographically approved

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