Media, Nationalism and European Identities

Media, Nationalism and European Identities

Media, Nationalism and European Identities

Media, Nationalism and European Identities


This volume brings together research contributions on the interface between media, identities and the public sphere in contemporary Europe. It contains information spanning theoretical insights and the elaboration of original case studies. Particularly welcome is the effort to bring together discussion on media industries and cultural identification and the experiences of East and West." -Paul Statham, Professor of Sociology, University of Bristol


Slavko Splichal

The European peoples form a family in accordance with the
universal principle underlying their legal codes, their cus
toms, and their civilization. This principle has modified their
international conduct accordingly in a state of affairs [i.e.
war] otherwize dominated by the mutual infliction of evils.
The relations of state to state are uncertain, and there is no
Praetor available to adjust them. the only higher judge is the
universal absolute mind, the world mind.

Hegel, Philosophy of Right

This chapter is not devoted primarily to the developments that may lead or do lead to a genuine European public sphere, or that may or do prevent its formation. My main interest is rather in conceptual modifications, innovations and aberrations—or more generally, attempts at deconstructing and reconstructing the concepts of publicness and the public sphere in a contemporary European (or even global) context, as well as the reasons for those formulations.

Differences in conceptualization of the public sphere refer to its ontological status (that is, how does the public sphere exist), its epistemological status, and its methodological implications (the key questions here being whether the public sphere is conceivable as an object of empirical research; and if so, in what way should the concept be made operational). Specifically, the differences may be outlined by demonstrating how the concept of the public sphere is related to those of the public(s), public opinion, and publicness in general.

The intellectual diversity in conceptualizations of the European public sphere is certainly related to specific traditions that grasp the . . .

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