Starting with the reading

To explore my “field of enquiry” more I need to start to find relevant reading for it.

There is Foucaults concept of the “Public Sphere” which matters for my project, as it is an important topic in terms of how the public sphere has now been mediated and what that means in a wider context. His theory has been critisised stating that his vision of a public sphere was aimed only at literate and educated people, creating and inclusion-exclusion of other social groups in society. This is still relevant, if not even more so, in the discourse about new media and the global public sphere.

Other readings:

Castells, M. (2011) ‘A Network Theory of Power’. International Journal of Communication

Castell, M. “Introduction to the information age”

Castells, M. (2010) ‘The new public sphere: Global civil society, communications networks, and global governance’. In Daya Kishan Thussu (ed.) International Communication: A Reader. Abingdon: Routledge.

Fraser, N. (1990), “Rethinking the Public Sphere: A Contribution to the Critique of Actually Existing Democracy”

Asen, R. (1999). “Toward a Normative Conception of Difference in Public Deliberation”. Argumentation and Advocacy

Habermas, J. (1962) The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society, Thomas Burger, Cambridge 

Arendt, H. (1958), The Human Condition, Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press, p. 52

Tétreault, Mary Ann (2001), “Frontier Politics: Sex, Gender, and the Deconstruction of the Public Sphere”, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political (SAGE Publications) 26 (1): 53–72

Wells, C. (2009), “Separate Spheres”, in Kowaleski-Wallace, Elizabeth, Encyclopedia of feminist literary theory, London, New York: Routledge, p. 519,

Thompson, J.B. (1995), The Media and the Modernity: A social theory of the media

Sparks, C. (2005) ‘Chapter 2: Media and the Global Public Sphere: An Evaluative Approach’ in W. de Jong, M. Shaw and N.Stammers (eds)


These articles focus on the theme of “Social Exclusion”:


Then there is also reading I have to find about representation and self-representation, how we “create” identity through networks nowadays etc.


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