Cosmopolitanism and the Media: Cartographies of Change

Hardcover | May 18, 2015

byM. Christensen, A. Jansson

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Cosmopolitanism and the Media explores the diverse implications of today's digital media environment in relation to people's worldviews and social practices. The book presents an account of the relationship between cosmopolitanized lifeworlds and forces of surveillance, control and mobility, as well as a critique of social power and reproduction in our mediatized society. Whereas existing literature on media and cosmopolitanism mostly focuses on how media texts shape their audiences' dispositions, this book engages with people and their actual uses of media in an increasingly complex world. Based on several years of fieldwork in different settings, it shows how cosmopolitan values and ideas fluctuate over time and are differently attuned depending on socio-cultural environments. Sometimes cosmopolitanism is directly linked to power and privilege, and sometimes not. It is also demonstrated how technological possibilities might lead in significantly different directions, most often sustaining further social reproduction and commoditized 'multiculturalism' rather than the opening of cosmopolitan horizons.

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Cosmopolitanism and the Media explores the diverse implications of today's digital media environment in relation to people's worldviews and social practices. The book presents an account of the relationship between cosmopolitanized lifeworlds and forces of surveillance, control and mobility, as well as a critique of social power and re...

Miyase Christensen is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden, and Guest Professor at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Christensen has numerous international publications in the form of journal articles and books. Her research focu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:May 18, 2015Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230392253

ISBN - 13:9780230392250

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
PART I: MAPPING THE TERRAIN: BOUNDARIES AND BRIDGES
1. Introductory Essay: Cosmopolitanization, Mediatization and Social Change
2. Cosmopolitan Trajectories: Connectivity, Reflexivity and Symbolic Power
3. Remediated Sociality and the Dual Logic of Surveillance
PART II: CONTEXTUALIZING SPACE, MOBILITY AND BELONGING
4. Transnational Media Flows: Globalization, Politics and Identity
5. Transclusion vs. Demediation: Mediatization and the Re-Embedding of Cosmopolitanism
6. Cities, Embodied Expressivity and Morality of Proximity
7. In Conclusion: Cosmopolitanism and Its Discontents
References
Index