Euricom Monographs: New Media & Democracy

Hampton Press Book Series

With the increasing impact of new forms of communication on democratic institutions, the European Institute for Communication and Culture (EURICOM) is soliciting manuscripts for its book series dedicated to exploring this theme. The first monograph in the series was published in 2005 and five titles are planned for publication in 2007 and 2008. The editor of EURICOM MONOGRAPHS welcomes submission of proposals concerned with topics such as:

  • Internet-based discussions and political discourse
  • Politics and political action online
  • Teledemocracy initiatives and e-voting
  • Implications of the digital divide for public discourse
  • Online media as arenas for public information and debate
  • Community networks and community development.

Studies published in the series consider advancements in democratic theory and are grounded in empirical investigations of recent communicative innovations. Although the primary objective of EURICOM Monographs is to contribute to intellectual understanding of transformations in the democratic process, some titles are designed to contribute to improved political practice, policy and action.

EURICOM Monographs is published by Hampton Press, an international publisher specializing in the field of communications. Hampton Press encompasses more than 25 series of titles, including a series for the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Euricom Monographs is edited by Nicholas W. Jankowski who is also co-editor of New Media & Society. Queries about EURICOM Monographs may be sent per email to him at: [email protected].

Published titles

Ethnic Minorities, Electronic Media and the Public Sphere: A Comparative Study

Donald R. Browne, University of Minnesota. Publication: 2005.

Over the past 20 years, there has been a marked increase in the numbers and types of electronic media outlets through which ethnic minorities can express themselves. That phenomenon raises the possibility of increased ethnic minority participation in the public sphere. This study examines the nature of that participation in several European nations, as well as in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and, to a lesser extent, Latin America, Africa and Asia. The fundamental research question on which the study rests is "What effects do governmental and societal structures have on ethnic minority self-presentation through minority-operated radio, television and internet services?" Presentation of the structures themselves draws upon the author's direct observation of such services in some 20 nations, as well as interviews of service staff and regulatory agency personnel, as well as various research reports and other literature concerning such services.

Forthcoming Titles

Community Radio in Ireland: Building Community, Participation and Multi-Flow Communication

Rosemary Day, University of Limerick, Ireland.

This book investigates fundamental tenets of community radio as a movement through examination of the experiences of six contemporary Irish community radio stations. The issues explored focus on the concept of community and how it is constructed through communication, on exploration of the role and the meaning of participation in a mass medium, and on the creation of multi-flows of communication facilitated by this participation. Recent calls for theoretical perspectives on community media illustrate a gap in academic literature, which this book aims to address. Current interest in new media, in radical media, in the human right to communicate, in public sphere theory and in New Social Movements raise questions that the experience of Irish community radio may help to answer.

Making Our Media: Global Initiatives Toward a Democratic Public Sphere

Clemencia Rodríguez, Dorothy Kidd and Laura Stein (editors), Universities of Oklahoma, San Francisco, and Texas at Austin, respectively.

Volume 1: Creating New Communication Spaces

Volume 2: National and Global Movements for Democratic Communication

The first volume focuses on the praxis of alternative media, including radio, video, film and Internet initiatives in South and North America, southern Africa, India, Australia and Europe. Chapter authors consider the relationship between these media and the people they serve, reevaluate established theoretical frameworks, and present new ones for understanding alternative and citizens' media in light of contemporary local and global realities. The second volume introduces readers to national and global initiatives spearheaded by civil society groups around the world who seek to permanently alter the cultural landscape. The chapters present civil society policy initiatives in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the United States that aim to transform the structures, practices, and norms surrounding communication and culture.

Voice and e-Quality: The State of Electronic Democracy in Britain

Wainer Lusoli, University of Chester.

This book is concerned with the issue of electronic democracy: Under what conditions and manner, if at all, does the Internet strengthen democracy in advanced industrial polities? Specifically, the volume examines theories of participation in connection with Internet political engagement in Britain in order to explain the relation of Internet access and activity to political equality, political action and models of democracy. Based on a comprehensive review of micro, meso and macro evidence from various countries, the book advances an integrated model for the empirical understanding of electronic democracy, rooted in the “political participation” research tradition. More generally, the volume contributes to clarifying ongoing debate on e-democracy through examination of both academic theories and policy discourses surrounding the issue and by reviewing the growing literature regarding online political engagement.

European Public Sphere

Slavko Splichal, University of Ljubljana.

Since Habermas’ classic study of the public sphere was translated into English in the late 1980s, the concept of public has been revived and scholarship stimulated concerning political participation and democracy across a broad spectrum of disciplines. This book is an attempt to refine the concept of public sphere by tracing its historical and theoretical relationships to cognate concepts. The book is based on the assumption that public sphere is fundamental to any democratic political (or social) formation, and that it is also essential for the democratization of Europe. The manuscript is based on the genealogy and an historical analysis of changes in conceptualizations of publicness and public sphere. The theoretical concepts are confronted with practical prospects and impediments for the creation of a European public sphere.