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Cultural diversity and global media: the mediation of difference in a global context (hardback) The Mediation of Difference

Langue : Anglais

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Couverture de l’ouvrage Cultural diversity and global media: the mediation of difference in a global context (hardback)
The proposed book is concerned with the relationship between the media and multiculturalism. It argues that the media, rather than reflect debates on cultural diversity, actively shape and construct understandings of cultural difference. We get to know and understand cultural diversity in, and through experiences with, the media, which then mediate our everyday encounters with it. Such understandings and experiences may subsequently feed into policies concerning multiculturalism or the regulation of cultural difference. If we are to understand cultural diversity and its position in society, we must therefore look at the media.

Looking at the media does not mean only looking at representation: rather, we must acknowledge the complexity of the media as produced in given political, economic and social contexts, and as consumed under certain socio-cultural and anthropological circumstances. This requires a discussion of processes of media production, and consumption in addition to processes of representation. In these terms, the book constitutes an interrogation of mediated cultural difference that moves beyond issues of representation and towards encompassing a more holistic understanding of the media and their embeddedness in society, politics and culture: this is the perspective of mediation. The book therefore seeks both to capture the mediations of cultural diversity in theoretical and empirical terms, and to understand their significance for policies linked to mediated multiculturalism

As such, the proposed book has several advantages:

· It summarises and critically discusses current approaches to multiculturalism and the media.

· It pays attention both to theoretical debates and empirical findings on multiculturalism and the media.

· It proposes a new perspective and intervention in thinking about regulating the mediated aspects of multiculturalism.

· It is comprehensive: it looks at all the media 'moments' of production, representation and consumption, while incorporating arguments on their shifting roles and boundaries.

· It explicitly assumes a global perspective, not limited to (Northern) Europe and the US, but encompassing Africa, South America, Asia, and the Middle East. Part of the book's remit is to examine and summarise developments in other regions thereby decentring the 'Western' focus of much of the existing literature.

· It examines separately the role of the internet, which is linked to many changes in patterns of media production, representation and to increased possibilities for diasporic and transnational communication.

· Its arguments are made in a structured and accessible manner, addressing a wide audience.

· It draws upon and reviews an extensive bibliography, providing a useful reference tool.

· It contains pedagogical features that enable readers to understand and critically engage with the material.


Chapter 1: Introducing mediated multiculturalism.

Chapter 2: Practices of multiculturalism across the globe.

Chapter 3: Theories of multiculturalism.

Chapter 4: Media and mediations: the media and society.

Chapter 5: Producing mediated multiculture.

Chapter 6: Diasporic and minority media: the view from the other side.

Chapter 7: Representing multiculture: struggles over visibility.

Chapter 8: Portraying multiculture across the globe.

Chapter 9: Consuming multiculture: audiences, publics and users.

Chapter 10: Multicultures striking back: the right to reply.

Chapter 11: The difference the internet makes: multiculture online.

Chapter 12: Regulating the mediation of difference

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18.1x25 cm

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