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Three tasks for mediatization research: contributions to an open agenda
University of Gothenburg.
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9419-4883
Karlstad University.
University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
2016 (English)In: Media Culture and Society, ISSN 0163-4437, E-ISSN 1460-3675, Vol. 38, no 7, 1090-1108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on the interdisciplinary experience of a Swedish research committee, this article discusses critical conceptual issues raised by the current debate on mediatization – a concept that holds great potential to constitute a space for synthesized understandings of media-related social transformations. In contrast to other, more metaphorical constructions, mediatization can be studied empirically in systematic ways through various sub-processes that together provide a complex picture of how culture and everyday life evolve in times of media saturation. The first part of this article argues that mediatization researchers have sometimes formulated too grand claims as to mediatization’s status as a unitary approach, a meta-theory or a paradigm. Such claims have led to problematic confusions around the concept and should be abandoned in favour of a more open agenda. In line with such a call for openness, the second part of the article introduces historicity, specificity and measurability as three transdisciplinary and transparadigmatic tasks for the contemporary mediatization research agenda. © 2016, © The Author(s) 2016.

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2016. Vol. 38, no 7, 1090-1108 p.
Keyword [en]
everyday life, history, measurability, media studies, mediatization, research policy
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30975DOI: 10.1177/0163443716664857ISI: 000384457400009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84988423485OAI: diva2:1034224
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2016-10-11 Created: 2016-10-11 Last updated: 2016-10-31Bibliographically approved

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