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In: Spaces of Democracy: Geographical Perspectives on Citizenship, Participation and Representation

Chapter 10: Media, Democracy and Representation: Disembodying the Public

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Media, Democracy and Representation: Disembodying the Public
Media, democracy and representation: Disembodying the public
CliveBarnett

In this chapter, I want to make a case for the continuing importance of the concept of the public sphere for helping us to understand the role that media and communications play in constituting the meanings and practices of democracy. In the first section, after introducing Jürgen Habermas's influential account in The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (1989), I will focus upon the way in which the relationships between media, communication, and representation should be conceptualized. Having established that the public sphere can be understood as referring to various mediated spaces of cultural and political representation, the second section considers the ways of thinking about the geographies of the public sphere ...

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