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    Community Radio in Ireland: “Defeudalising” the Public Sphere?

    Gaynor, Niamh and O'Brien, Anne (2014) Community Radio in Ireland: “Defeudalising” the Public Sphere? Javnost - The Public, 18 (3). pp. 23-28. ISSN 1854-8377

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    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 fi rst generation of research has been largely empirical in nature, describing and analysing the organisation and operation of stations in diff erent 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 specifi c 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 of Habermas and associated deliberative, social and media theorists. The article, drawing on a detailed study of four community stations in Ireland, identifi es 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 specifi c 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 specifi c interest to researchers and activists in these domains, as well as off ering 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
    Keywords: Community Radio; Ireland; Defeudalising; Public Sphere;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > Media Studies
    Item ID: 11846
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    Depositing User: Anne O'Brien
    Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2019 17:10
    Journal or Publication Title: Javnost - The Public
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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