In 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.
Available open access here: http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/article/view/463
In 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.
Available open access here: http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/article/view/467
In 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.
Available open access here: http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/article/view/461
Standard Issue featuring Special Section of Interviews on Neoliberalism, Media and Power (July 2016)
Networking Knowledge – Journal of the MeCCSA-PGN, Vol 9, No 5 (2016)
Standard Issue featuring Special Section of Interviews on Neoliberalism, Media and Power
Featuring articles from Amanda Starling Gould, Carol Macgillivray, Jane Birkin, Leah Jerop Komen and Isla-Kate Morris; a review essay from Christoph Raetzsch; reports from Abigail Blyth and Craig Hamilton; and interviews with Des Freedman, Terry Flew and Sean Phelan as part of a special section on neoliberalism, media and power.
Full issue available open access here: http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/issue/view/55