Communications in Movements. Social Movement as Agents of Participatory democracy
Title: Communications in Movements. Social Movement as Agents of Participatory democracy
Author: DELLA PORTA, Donatella
Citation: Information, Communication & Society, 2011, 14, 6, 800-819
ISSN: 1369-118X; 1468-4462
Literature on social movements, mass media and democracy have rarely interacted. More recently, however, in all three fields of knowledge, some opportunities for reciprocal learning and interactions developed, moved by some exogenous, societal changes as well as disciplinary evolution. The author argues that looking at the intersection of democracy, media and social movements could be particularly useful within a relational and constructivist, that takes normative positions by the different actors into account. More broadly, this would mean to pay attention to the permeability of the borders between the three concepts, as well as between the three fields they tend to separate. The article does this by looking first at the debate on recent transformations of democracy, described by labels such as post-democracy or counterdemocracy, as well as on the New Media and social movements, and then at what recent research on social movements can add to them.
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