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Democracy and Media in Central and Eastern Europe 25 Years On


Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska and Michał Głowacki

This book is a collective effort of scholars who elaborate on democracy, civil society and media-political relations in Central and Eastern Europe. The authors look at both theories and practices of media systems and democracy. They indicate problems, risks, challenges related to political transformations, the public sphere, journalism culture and media freedom. All of this while bearing in mind the growing role of new media, civic engagement in the online space as well as societal changes that Central and Eastern European democracies are going through in the second decade of the 21st Century. This book is a helpful companion to media and communication scholars as well as students of journalism and political science, media practitioners and policy makers in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond.

«A well-documented book on the mass media in a little explored area: Central Eastern Europe. Four models of media and politics are presented opening the floor for a wider scholarly debate.» (Paolo Mancini, Università di Perugia, Italy)
«This volume meets the continuing need to make sense of the changing worlds of journalism, journalists, and media. Each of the ten contributions is a well conceptualized, researched and thought out assessment of the pertinent issues and a springboard for further evaluations and model building. A great addition to the classroom and scholarship.» (Peter Gross, The University of Tennessee, USA)

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Back to the future? Puzzling transformations of post-Soviet television


Natalija Mažeikienė & Kristina Juraitė

Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Abstract: The goal of this chapter is to understand the transformations of the post-Soviet television field, while approaching changes in media production and consumption from Bourdieu’s field theory perspective. This aim is achieved through the structural analysis of the Soviet media field and its parameters, including different forms of capital, positions and dispositions, as well as habitus. On the basis of oral history interviews we seek to identify audience memories and critical accounts of the changes in the field of post-Soviet television. Structural analysis of television and public accounts reveal the role of both industry and audience operating within this changing professional field, as it is related to new production standards and practices, as well as changing habitus and cultural capital.

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