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Dahlgren Peter <1946->


Television and the public sphere [[electronic resource] ] : citizenship, democracy, and the media / / Peter Dahlgren


London, : SAGE, 1995






Descrizione fisica

1 online resource (193 p.)


The media, culture & society series




Television and politics

Television broadcasting - Social aspects

Television broadcasting - Philosophy

Television broadcasting of news - Political aspects

Television broadcasting of news - Social aspects

Electronic books.

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Note generali

Description based upon print version of record.

Nota di bibliografia

Includes bibliographical references ([160]-170) and index.

Nota di contenuto

Cover; Contents; Preface; Part I - Initial Horizons; Chapter 1 - Mediating Democracy; Desiring Democracy; The Public Sphere as Historical Narrative; Four Dimensions; Media Institutions; Media Representation; Social Structures; Interaction: Social Bonds and Social Construction; Subjectivity, Identity, Interaction; Chapter 2 - Prismatic Television; Three Angles of Vision; Industry: Organization, Professionalism, Political Economy; Mimetic Televisual Texts; Two Worlds?; Sociocultural TV: Ubiquity, Culturology and Critique; Chapter 3 - Popular Television Journalism

Television Journalism: an Esential TensionProbing 'the Popular'; Old and New Formats; Elusive Information, Accessible Stories; Tele-tabloids; Talk Shows: EĢlite and Vox-pop; Morality and Dialogue; Part II - Shifting Frames; Chapter 4 - Modern Contingencies; Falling Rates of Certitude; Flowing Capitalism; Destabilized Microworlds; The Semiotic Environment; Going Global?; The Problematics of Public and Private;

Political Permutations; Chapter 5 - Communication and Subjectivity; A Universal Model?; Language and Lacunae; Cultural Contexts; Repressing the Unconscious; Dealing with Desire

Reassembling the Reflexive SubjectImagination and Emancipation; Chapter 6 - Civil Society and its Citizens; The Contexts of Reception; The Horizon of Civil Society; Institutionalized Lifeworlds; Constructive Talk and Social Bonds; The Evolution of Citizenship; Community, Difference, Universality; Citizens and Identity; Part III - Flickering Hopes; Chapter 7 - Democratic Mediations?; Television in its Place; Citizens and Politics; Common Domain, Advocacy Domain; References; Index


Peter Dahlgren clarifies the underlying theoretical concepts of civil society and the public sphere, and relates these to a critical analysis of the practice of television as journalism, as information and as entertainment. He demonstrates the limits and the possibilities of the television medium and the formats of popular journalism. These issues are linked to the potential of the audience to interpret or resist messages, and to construct its own meanings.