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Culture and citizenship : the missing link?

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Couldry, Nick

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Abstract This article argues that, instead of assuming that we know what ‘cultural citizenship’ involves, we should investigate more closely the uncertainties about what constitutes the ‘culture’ (or cultures) of citizenship. The article argues for the distinctive contribution of cultural studies to the problem of democratic engagement, as usually framed within political science. It then reports some preliminary findings from the recently completed ‘Media Consumption and the Future of Public Connection’ project, which focus on the importance of social opportunities for talk about public issues, the possibilities of withdrawal from news because it presents issues which people can do nothing about, and alternative forms of collective connection through media (such as celebrity culture) which exhibit no effective link to public issues.
Classification Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature
Free Keywords citizenship; cultural studies; culture; media consumption; public connection;
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 321-339
Journal European Journal of Cultural Studies, 9 (2006) 3
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)