Audiences, public knowledge and citizenship in democratic states: preliminary thoughts on a conceptual framework
Source TitleParticipations: journal of audience and reception studies
PublisherUniversity of Wales
University of Melbourne Author/sHarindranath, Ramaswami
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsHARINDRANATH, R. (2006). Audiences, public knowledge and citizenship in democratic states: preliminary thoughts on a conceptual framework. Participations: journal of audience and reception studies, 3 (2)
Access StatusOpen Access
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This essay attempts to present a theoretical frame with which to examine media audiences in relation to participation in practices of deliberative democracy. Crucial to this, it is argued, are the ideas of mediated knowledge and representation and inequality of access to symbolic resources and cultural capital, both of which are essential to the conception of democratic dialogue and debate that constitute public spheres. These ideas are explored using a hermeneutic notion of the public sphere, and are illustrated through a brief examination of consumerism and citizenship in contemporary India.
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