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Community radio in Ireland: "defeudalising" the public sphere

Gaynor, Niamh orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-5645-7032 (2014) Community radio in Ireland: "defeudalising" the public sphere. Javnost, 18 (3). pp. 23-28. ISSN 0163-660X

The growth in interest and research in community radio worldwide over the last few decades is a welcome development. While, as noted by Jankowski (2003), a first generation of research has been largely empirical in nature, describing and analysing the organisation and operation of stations in different contexts, more recently a second generation of work has begun to emerge which aims at grounding empirical studies within broader theoretical frameworks, most notably those relating to democracy and the public sphere. The specific components of the public sphere remain somewhat underdeveloped in these studies however. This article aims to contribute to this literature through an examination of community radio in Ireland within a framework drawn from evolving work the work of Habermas and associated deliberative, social and media theorists. The article, drawing on a detailed study of four community stations in Ireland, identifies elements of community radio which contribute towards a “defeudalisation” of the public sphere as well as highlighting challenges in this regard. Although situated within a specific context, with Irish community radio operating within a comparable regulatory environment to both that in Australia and the United Kingdom, the article draws lessons of specific interest to researchers and activists in these domains, as well as offering a framework of use to community radio researchers interested in examining the sector’s contribution to the re-animation of the public sphere more globally.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Community radio; Habermas; public sphere
Subjects:Social Sciences > Communication
Social Sciences > Journalism
Social Sciences > Mass media
Social Sciences > Political science
Social Sciences > Sociology
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13183222.2011.11009060
Copyright Information:© 2014 Taylor & Francis
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:25516
Deposited On:19 Feb 2021 15:32 by Niamh Gaynor . Last Modified 19 Feb 2021 15:32

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