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Media Consumption and Public Engagement

Beyond the Presumption of Attention

Book

Part of the Consumption and Public Life book series (CUCO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Theoretical Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone, Tim Markham
      Pages 3-22
    3. Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone, Tim Markham
      Pages 23-41
    4. Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone, Tim Markham
      Pages 42-57
  3. The Public Connection Project

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone, Tim Markham
      Pages 61-64
    3. Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone, Tim Markham
      Pages 65-87
    4. Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone, Tim Markham
      Pages 88-110
    5. Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone, Tim Markham
      Pages 111-129
    6. Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone, Tim Markham
      Pages 130-146
    7. Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone, Tim Markham
      Pages 147-176
  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone, Tim Markham
      Pages 179-195
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 196-248

About this book

Introduction

Democracy is based on the belief that the media gets the attention of voters. But is this plausible in an age of multiplying media, disillusionment with the political system and time-scarcity? This book addresses this question, and charts experiences of 'public connection'.

Keywords

democracy Engagement media

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.GoldsmithsUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK
  3. 3.BirkbeckUniversity of LondonUK

About the authors

Author S. Livingstone: Nick Couldry is a sociologist of media and culture. He is Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory at the London School of Economics and was previously Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author or editor of eleven books including for Palgrave Ethics of Media (co-edited with Mirca Madianou and Amit Pinchevski, 2013) and Media Consumption and Public Engagement: Beyond the Presumption of Attention (with Sonia Livingstone and Tim Markham, 2007,revised paperback edition 2010). He has led funded research on citizens public connection (see http://publicconnection.org.uk/) and on story exchange in community engagement (http://www.firm-innovation.net/portfolio-of-projects/storycircle/). He is currently with Andreas Hepp working on a new book on the mediated construction of reality.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

'A significant contribution to academic research.' - The Political Quarterly

'...makes an important contribution to debates around the relationship between celebrity and politics, democratic malaise and media effects, which should be of interest to, and should be read by, students both of politics and of media and society more generally.' - European Journal of Communication

'...an important book, contributing valuable empirical evidence on 'actually existing' public spheres and presenting us with some disturbing and thought and hopefully, action - provoking findings.' - Journal of Consumer Culture

'This book is... a text I will certainly be recommending to students engaged in postgraduate study of audiences, or with any interest in the relationship between media and political engagement.' - Participations

'It is almost as if I had been waiting for precisely this book...with inspiring conceptual clarity, detailed empirical study, and a very accessible style, the authors explore the complex character of citizens' media connection in modern democracies.' - Professor Peter Dahlgren, Lund University, Sweden

'This book may well prove to be an important one for those interested in the relationship between media and politics...This book is a demanding one to read, but it is a text I will certainly be recommending to students engaged in postgraduate study of audiences, or with any interest in the relationship between media and political engagement.' - Michael Higgins, Journal of Audience and Reception Studies

'Couldry et al have provided some significant and rigorous empirical research on public engagement with, and consumption of, the media. Their research makes an important contribution to debates around the relationship between celebrity and politics, democratic malaise and media effects, which should be of interest to, and should be read by students both of politics and of media and society more generally.' Heather Savigny, European Journal of Communication

'Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone, and Tim Markham apply a timely empirical lens to issues that have been taken-for-granted for too long. It has been too easy to assume a normative role for media in civic knowledge and participation in the face of evidence of decline and then to blame media for that decline. They show that the situation is much more subtle, nuanced, and complex than that; that while the media are central, media cannot alone address the broader conditions that strain a sense of public connection today.' - Professor Stewart M. Hoover, University of Colorado, USA