Academic journal article Communication Research Trends

Bang, Henrik P. and Anders Esmark (Eds.). New Publics with/out Democracy

Academic journal article Communication Research Trends

Bang, Henrik P. and Anders Esmark (Eds.). New Publics with/out Democracy

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Bang, Henrik P. and Anders Esmark (Eds.). New Publics with/out Democracy. Frederiksberg, Denmark: Samfundslitteratur Press and NORDICOM, 2007. Pp. 380. ISBN 978-87-593-1149-3 (paper) $64.00, 47[euro].

This volume forms one of a series produced by the Danish research program, "Media and Democracy in the Network Society." Each of the volumes addresses an aspect of politics and the media, with politics defined broadly as "what people practice in a range of social contexts where they conceive of themselves as citizens, consumers, and co-creators of culture" (p. 7). These activities take place more and more through communication media. Organized across disciplines, the series involves media researchers, political scientists, and others across the lines of academia. This particular volume "aims to explore the development of the public sphere in an increasingly globalized, regionalized, and localized network society" (p. 9). One idea driving the project is to examine ways in which Habermas' idea of the public sphere still has value and, on the other hand, has succumbed to historical and technological events. …

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