Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone and Tim Markham
Palgrave Macmillan (1 January 2010)
Governments in many countries fear voting turnout and political engagement is in terminal decline, threatening the long-term legitimacy of the democratic process. Meanwhile definitions of politics and the public world are changing, while media formats are proliferating and media audiences fragmenting in the age of digital media.
How are these important trends related? And what do our everyday habits of consuming media contribute to our possibilities of being effective citizens?
Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone and Tim Markham address these questions in this agenda-setting book, now available in a revised and updated paperback edition. Using a highly original methodology, drawing on diaries recording individuals perspectives on the public world, the book includes interviews, a nationwide survey and an authoritative review of the current literature on democratic theory, political sociology and media audiences. The result is a major assessment of the difference that media, and our ways of living with media, make to the condition of democracy.
Nick Couldry is Professor of Media and Communications, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE.
Tim Markham is Lecturer in Journalism in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London.
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