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Ethnic Media and Democracy

From Liberalism to Agonism


  • Suggests a new way of examining the intersection between ethnic media, journalism and democracy

  • Provides the first in depth analysis of ethnic media and democratic theory

  • Challenges established modes of thinking about the role of journalism in democratic societies


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. John Budarick
    Pages 27-42
  3. John Budarick
    Pages 43-73
  4. John Budarick
    Pages 97-125
  5. John Budarick
    Pages 127-163
  6. John Budarick
    Pages 165-186
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 187-188

About this book


Placing ethnic media within the context of democratic theory, this book suggests novel ways of thinking about media from the margins. After discussing ethnic media research and defining the concept, John Budarick provides a succinct and in depth discussion of liberal democracy, deliberative democracy and agonistic pluralism, critiquing the explanatory and normative power of each in relation to media, journalism and ethnic diversity. Ultimately, Ethnic Media and Democracy demonstrates the power of agnostic pluralism, an underused theory in media studies that provides a framework for analysing ethnic media. By using this unique approach, the book engages with some of the most pressing issues in the fields of media, politics and democracy, and prompts innovation in the application of traditional models.


Ethnic Media Liberal Democracy Deliberative Democracy Agnostic Democracy Agnostic Pluralism Agonism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MediaUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

About the authors

John Budarick is Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He is the co-editor of Minorities and Media: Producers, Industries, Audiences (2017) and has been researching ethnic media for more than ten years.

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