Historical and Contemporary Perspectives of Media and Citizenship

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives of Media and Citizenship

Terry Flew (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-947-2.ch001
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Abstract

Citizenship has long been connected to communication media. Popular media have been both the relay points between the governing and the governed for purposes of developing nations and citizen identities as well as the places for articulating discontent with the unjust, illegitimate, or unpopular uses of public authority. Yet, one often struggles to find reference to the significance of media to the formation of citizenship practices and identities, particularly in mainstream political science literature. It has been largely in the field of cultural history, through the work of authors such as Benedict Anderson (1991) and Michael Schudson (1994), that a conception of citizenship is linked explicitly to the technologies and institutions of media communication.

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