Media practices

Stephansen, H. and Treré, E. Media practices. in: Baker, M., Blaagaard, B. and Perez Gonzalez, L. (ed.) Routledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media London Routledge.

Chapter titleMedia practices
AuthorsStephansen, H. and Treré, E.
EditorsBaker, M., Blaagaard, B. and Perez Gonzalez, L.
Abstract

This entry will focus on the concept of media practices as it relates specifically to citizen media. For context, we will begin by briefly covering the key premises of practice theory. We will then provide an overview of the origins of the ‘turn to practice’ in media research, referencing Couldry’s (2004) much-cited call for a new practice paradigm, but also covering antecedents in media anthropology, audience research and alternative media studies. We then turn to contemporary developments in the study of citizen media, focusing especially on how the concept of media practices has been taken up by scholars studying alternative- and social movement media as a means of developing non-media-centric analyses of the emancipatory potential (or otherwise) of activists’ media use. We will draw on specific examples and case studies from the research of scholars active in this field, to illustrate different ways in which the concept of media practices has been used and the range of different media practices that media activists and citizen journalists engage in. Finally, we reflect on the challenges and limitations of the concept in light of recent social and technological developments.

KeywordsMedia Practices
Media Anthropology
Audience Studies
Social Movements
Citizen Media
Alternative Media
Book titleRoutledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781317215073
Web address (URL)http://citizenmediaseries.org/published_volumes/routledge-encyclopedia-of-citizen-media/

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