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Mediatizing Secular State

Media, Religion and Politics in Contemporary Poland


Damian Guzek

The book provides an empirically based analysis of changes on how various political and denominational actors seek to influence the Church and state relationship, as well as how we understand the idea of the secular state. A set of case studies shows how and why changes in the coverage of the secular state and Church-state relations have followed the dynamics of media logic. By establishing a grounded theory based on media content, legal regulations and political party programs in the years 1989–2015 as well as a current survey, the author throws new light on the theory of mediatization. The book demonstrates that the disseminated idea of the secular state is largely a result of the adaptation of both political and religious representatives to a dynamically changing media logic.

 "The book is the first study of this kind showing the Polish perspective. It is an interesting and important source of information for those who want to trace the media picture of relations between the Polish state and the institution of the Roman Catholic Church, representing the largest religious community in Poland."

Professor Dorota Piontek, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

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4 Methodological background


We will now present the next part of the book whose contents are based on the empirical findings in the area of media representing the idea of a secular state. The current reflection generally referred to two phenomena. The first chapter was concentrated on the concept of a secular state and the Church-state relationship. The second and third chapters were referred to the theory of mediatization. By drawing attention to the theory of the mediatization of religion and politics, we brought up the approach used in the prospective analysis of the idea of a secular state. Let’s now begin the next part, whose contents are based on the empirical findings in the area of the media covering the idea of a secular state.

4.1 Introduction to the research design

The final title of the book, The Mediatizing Secular State: Media, Religion and Politics in Contemporary Poland, was formulated at an advanced stage of this study. It is noticed that our attempt to look at the dependencies between media contents and the idea of a secular state are clearly part of the theoretical proposals for mediatization. We conducted the research according to the mixed methods based on the qualitative and quantitative analyzes of the collected material. In this part of the book, therefore, we will present the design of our research, paying particular attention to the subsequent elements of the research, characterizing data sources and the adopted methods and foundations for their triangulation.

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