Conference: Non-public(s)

lord-kitchener-your-country-needs-youAppel à communication : ” Non-public(s) ” Identités voulues ou subies ? Du XIXe siècle à demain

A l’heure où les publics sont mesurés, identifiés, catégorisés, analysés pour mieux développer les offres répondant à leurs besoins ou créer des besoins répondant à des offres, cette journée d’études propose de s’intéresser à la notion contestée de ” non-public(s) “.

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Article: Introduction to Michel Maffesoli’s ‘From Society to Tribal Communities’

the-sociological-reviewThis article introduces Michel Maffesoli’s article From Society to Tribal Communities’, in which he argues that emerging communities, although post-modern, are not entirely new but archaic and rooted in pre-modernity, and that these tribes are further facilitated by new technological developments such as social media. The introduction summarises the main argument of the article while contextualising it within both Maffesoli’s wider work and secondary literature that critically engages with his unique approach to studying postmodernism.

Published in The Sociological Review, 64.4 (Nov 2016), Special Issue: “Being in community: Re-visioning Sociology”, edited by David Studdert and Valerie Walkerdine

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Understanding Neoliberalism, Media and the Political: An Interview with Sean Phelan

sean phelanIn this interview, Sean Phelan discusses the differences between ‘ideological’ and ‘post-ideological’ or ‘post-political’ neoliberalism, and sets out his own approach to critiquing neoliberalism, which draws on Laclau and Mouffe’s discourse theory and Bourdieu’s field theory. Arguing for the benefits of a comparative cross-national approach, he illustrates examples of ‘actually existing neoliberalism’ in UK, US, Ireland and New Zealand contexts. Phelan concludes the interview by suggesting potential sites of cultural politics and the possibility of a radically different kind of media and political culture.

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Neoliberalism, Voice and National Media Systems: An Interview with Terry Flew

terry flewIn this interview, Terry Flew discusses the continued relevance of the nation-state and national media systems in an era of globalization, and the need for cross-national comparative research in media studies. He also discusses the benefits of the concepts of ‘voice’ and ‘participation’ over ‘citizenship’ for evaluating media systems, and criticises the overblown and dismissive use of ‘neoliberalism’ as a rhetorical flourish, in favour of developing it as an analytical concept grounded in empirical evidence. Drawing on Foucault’s work on both Weber and neoliberalism, Flew argues, helps us recognise the need for comparative work on institutions and national systems of government.

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Media Policy, Media Reform and Media Power: An Interview with Des Freedman

des-freedman-2In this interview, Des Freedman discusses his work as an activist in the Media Reform movement, as a critic of media policy, and as a theorist of media power. Freedman explains his approach to media power as a material and relational property, distinguishing it from liberal pluralist, cultural studies and political-economic approaches. Discussing media power in the context of the recent BBC charter review process and the earlier Leveson Inquiry into the ethics of the British press, Freedman clarifies his proposal for a research focus on ‘non-decisionmaking’ in the policy field. Ultimately, he explains how guiding principles, programmes of action, and an understanding of the contradictory nature of media power are all necessary to bring about revolutionary reform.

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