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ECREA publishes books in the field of communication and media research. It has its own book series, in collaboration with Intellect. Research done by ECREA members is prioritized in the books of this series, which is a continuation of the ECCR book series. Through the Summer School, ECREA also collaborates with the University of Tartu in the Researching and Teaching Communication Series.


The ECREA Book Series

Gendered Transformations. Theory and Practices on Gender and Media (2010), edited by by Tonny Krijnen, Claudia Alvares and Sofie Van BauwelBook cover

Comprising the most current scholarship from leading experts in the fields of gender and media studies, Gendered Transformations offers readers a new foundation from which to re-examine traditional perspectives on gender. Organized into sections concerning representational politics, embodied performance, and social constructions of reality, these essays explore a wide variety of concerns from a similarly wide variety of perspectives, from essentialist to anti-essentialist.

A thought-provoking contribution to a number of disparate fields, Gendered Transformations offers a rare interdisciplinary approach to gender that reflects the most recent developments in media theory and methodology.

Published by Intellect.

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Press Freedom and Pluralism in Europe. Concepts and Conditions (2009), edited by Andrea Czepek, Melanie Hellwig, and Eva Nowak
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In Press Freedom and Pluralism in Europe, researchers from twelve countries examine media systems regarding conditions for independence and pluralism. They discuss a European approach to press freedom and diversity and include case studies of a broad spectrum of media systems including Bulgaria, the Baltics, Poland, Romania, Finland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and the UK.

The volume examines how other factors such as economic influences, historic, cultural and social conditions also have a substantial impact on media independence. With its topical subject matter and a need for new media policies facing a changing media world, Press Freedom and Pluralism in Europe is an essential resource for media studies and journalism scholars.

Published by Intellect.

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Finding the Right Place on the Map: Central and Eastern European Media Change in a Global Perspective (2008) edited by Karol Jakubowicz and Miklós Sükösd

Each chapter considers a different aspect of the trends and problems surrounding the media in comparative European and global perspectives. The result is a creative collaboration of leading authors from East and West that covers a rich array of controversial subjects in a comprehensive manner. Topics range from the civil society approach to media and public service broadcasting to journalism cultures, fandom and representation of poverty and gender that reinforce social exclusion and legitimize consumer capitalism. Finding the Right Place on the Map is a unique, up-to-date overview of what media transformation has meant for Post-Communist countries in nearly two decades.

Published by Intellect.

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Reclaiming the media: communication rights and democratic media roles (2006) edited by Bart Cammaerts and Nico Carpentier

At the beginning of the 21st century, it hardly goes uncontested anymore that media organisations play an important role in democracy. The main questions have now become whether the contemporary media conjuncture offers enough to our democracies, how their democratic investment can be deepened and how our communication rights can be expanded.

This book aims to look at four thematic areas that structure the opportunities for democratising (media) democracy. A first section is devoted to citizenship and the public spheres, giving special attention to the general theme of communication rights. The second section elaborates further on a notion central to communication rights, namely that of participation.

The third section returns to the traditional representational role in relation to democracy and citizenship, scrutinizing and criticizing the democratic efforts of contemporary journalism. The fourth section moves outside of the (traditional) media system, and deals with the diversity of media and communication strategies of activists.

It is the third book that arises out of the intellectual work of members of the European Communication Research and Education Organisation, and especially out of the ECREA Communication and Democracy Section.

Published by Intellect.

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Towards a Sustainable Information Society. Deconstructing WSIS (2005) edited by Jan Servaes and Nico Carpentier

The Information Society is one of the recurrent imaginaries to describe present-day structures, discourses and practices. Within its meaning is enshrined the promise of a better world, sometimes naively assuming a technological deus ex machina, in other cases hoping for the creation of policy tools that will overcome a diversity of societal divides.

With the two-phased World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the United Nations attempted to stimulate the development of such tools. Simultaneously, the WSIS is a large-scale experiment in multistakeholderism. The objective was to create a more balanced decision-making process that would allow the voices of civil society and business actors to be heard in international politics.

This book aims to evaluate the potentialities of both the Information Society, and the WSIS in supporting and constructing more democratic, just and developed societies. This is the second book arising from the intellectual work of European Consortium for Communications Research members.

Published by Intellect

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The European Information Society: A Reality Check (2003) edited by Jan Servaes

The globalisation of social, cultural and economic relations is facilitated, and at the same time conditioned by developments in the information and communications technologies (ICT) and infrastructure. Human knowledge brought mankind from an oral to a literate culture, thanks to the invention of the print media. The development of the electronic media in the last century paved the path for the information age, in which spatial and temporal constraints are lifted. "In every society, the production, distribution, and use of information play vital roles in the management of events… The development of these Information Societies has been characterized by the innovation and adoption of technologies, changes in mass media systems, and changing patterns and procedures for individual and group decision-making. Attention has shifted in these societies from the development and utilization of technologies to a concern for their impact upon each society" (Edelstein, Bowes & Harsel, 1978: vii). The consequences of this revolution in human communications are multidimensional in character, affecting economical, political and social life on national, international and local levels. This is the first book arising from the intellectual work of European Consortium for Communications Research members.

Published by Intellect

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The Researching and Teaching Communication Series

Media and communication studies interventions and intersections. The intellectual work of the 2010 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School (2010) edited by Nico Carpentier, Ilija Tomanić Trivundža, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Ebba Sundin, Tobias Olsson, Richard Kilborn, Hannu Nieminen, and Bart Cammaerts.

The book includes a series of papers that were presented by lecturers and PhD-students at the ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School in August 2010 in Ljubljana Summer School book 6(Slovenia). The book consists of five sections: 1/Reflections on the field, 2/ Cross-fertilisatiions, 3/Media meets the political, 4/Impulses from new media studies, 5/Method meets theory meets praxis. The book also includes all PhD-student abstracts of the work presented at the Summer School. Contributors are (in alphabetical order): Tim Blumer, Jo Bogaerts, Sally Broughton Micova, Bertrand Cabedoche, Nico Carpentier, Fausto Colombo, Ranjana Das, François Heinderyckx, Andreas Hepp, María Isabel Villa, D. Beybin Kejanlioglu, Denis McQuail, Tobias Olsson, Åsa Olsson, Manuel Parés i Maicas, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Irena Reifová, Heiner Stahl, Ebba Sundin, Jindra Ticha, Ilija Tomanić Trivundža, and Matteo Vergani.

You can download a PDF-version of this book - free of charge - from the Summer School website, or the Researching and Teaching Communication Series website.
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A print version can be ordered by sending an email to bookshop@ut.ee

Communicative approaches to politics and ethics in Europe. The intellectual work of the 2009 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School (2009) edited by Nico Carpentier, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Richard Kilborn, Tobias Olsson, Hannu Nieminen, Ebba Sundin and Kaarle Nordenstreng.

This book includes a series of papers that were presented by lecturers and PhD-students at the ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School, in August 2009 in Tartu (Estonia). The book consists of six sections: 1/The Summer School; 2/Changing communicational spaces and systems; 3/Audience participation and politics; 4/Identity politics, ideology and media; 5/Media and ethics; and 6/The politics of Academia. It also includes all PhD-student abstracts of the work presented at the Summer School. Contributors are (in alphabetical order): Agnes Aljas, Jess Baines, Petr Bednarík, Michael Brüggemann, Bertrand Cabedoche, Nico Carpentier, Nur Betül Çelik, Fausto Colombo, Benjamin De Cleen, Šimon Dominik, Aristea Fotopoulou, Iñaki Garcia-Blanco, François Heinderyckx, Andreas Hepp, Rikke Bjerg Jensen, Anastasia Kavada, Katharina Kleinen-von Königslöw, Swantje Lingenberg, Denis McQuail, Johanna Möller, Maria Francesca Murru, Hannu Nieminen, Tobias Olsson, Manuel Parés I Maicas, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Irena Reifová, Ebba Sundin, Anders Svensson, Ilija Tomanic-Trivundža, Indrek Treufeldt, Yin-han Wang, and Anna Zoellner.

You can download a PDF-version of this book - free of charge - from the Summer School website, or the Researching and Teaching Communication Series website.
> Direct link to download the book

A print version can be ordered by sending an email to bookshop@ut.ee


Democracy, Journalism and Technology: New Developments in an Enlarged Europe. The intellectual work of the 2008 European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School
(2008) edited by Nico Carpentier, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Kaarle Nordenstreng, Maren Hartmann, Peeter Vihalemm, Bart Cammaerts, Hannu Nieminen and Tobias Olsson.


This book includes a series of papers that were presented by lecturers and PhD-students at the European Communication and Media Doctoral Summer School, in July/August 2008 in Tartu (Estonia). The book consists of seven sections: 1/The Summer School, 2/Journalism, 3/Media, publics and active audiences, 4/Media and becoming political, 5/Media and space, 6/Media, ideology and culture, and 7/Doing research. It also includes all PhD-student abstracts of the work presented at the Summer School. Contributors are (in alphabetical order): Marco Bräuer, Bertrand Cabedoche, Nico Carpentier, Peter Dahlgren, Maren Hartmann, François Heinderyckx, Anastasia Kavada, Beybin Kejanlio lu, Jeong Hee Kim, Jens E. Kjeldsen, Maria Kyriakidou, Roy Langer, Denis McQuail, Fredrik Miegel, Gabriel Moreno, Faïza Naït-Bouda, Kaarle Nordenstreng, Tobias Olsson, Manuel Parés i Maicas, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Irena Reifová, Ebba Sundin, Maha Taki, and Jeffrey Wimmer.

You can download a PDF-version of this book - free of charge - from the Summer School website, or the Researching and Teaching Communication Series website.

> Direct link to download the book: http://www.researchingcommunication.eu/reco_book4.pdf

A print version can be ordered by sending an email to pille.vengerfeldt@ut.ee.

Media technologies and democracy in an enlarged Europe. The intellectual work of the 2007 European media and communication doctoral summer school (2007) edited by Nico Carpentier, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Kaarle Nordenstreng, Maren Hartmann, Peeter Vihalemm, Bart Cammaerts and Hannu Nieminen


This book includes a series of papers that were presented by lecturers and PhD-students at the European Communication and Media Studies Summer School, in August 2007 in Tartu (Estonia). The book consists of seven sections: 1/technology, democracy and policy, 2/journalism, 3/communication and participation, 4/participation and citizenship, 5/European perspectives, 6/methodologies, 7/learning and being. Contributors are (in alphabetical order): Aukse Balcytiene, Jo Bardoel, Frank Boddin, Bertrand Cabedoche, Bart Cammaerts, Nico Carpentier, Tomasz Goban-Klas, Todd Graham, Janne Halttu, François Heinderyckx, Nicholas W. Jankowski, Richard Kilborn, Katharina Kleinen-v.Königslöw, Anne Laajalahti, Denis McQuail, Andréa Medrado, Hannu Nieminen, Tobias Olsson, Manuel Parés i Maicas, Gregor Petric, Louise Phillips, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Laurie Schmitt, Zoetanya Sujon, Maja Turnšek, Martine van Selm, and Xin Xin. The book also includes all PhD-student abstracts of the work presented at the Summer School.

You can download a PDF-version of this book - free of charge - from the Summer School website, or the Researching and Teaching Communication Series website. The direct link to the book is: http://www.researchingcommunication.eu/reco_book3.pdf. A print version can be ordered at the Tartu University Bookshop, by sending an email to: bookshop@ut.ee .

Alternatives on media content, journalism, and regulation. The grassroots discussion panels at the 2007 ICA Conference. (2007) Edited by Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Benjamin De Cleen and Nico Carpentier

The 2007 ICA Conference on "Creating Communication: Content, Control, and Critique" did not just feature academic reflections. In three so-called grassroots discussion panels, alternative voices from outside academia also animated the conference theme. These panels produced fascinating dialogues between academia and the people that actually organize, realize, and live the participatory and bottom-up processes that we academics so eagerly analyze. The practitioners' contributions from these panels are available as an ebook entitled "Alternatives on media content, journalism, and regulation." This book brings together the stories of how civil society intervenes (sometimes successfully, sometimes less successfully) in the creation of alternative content, in the organization of alternative journalism, and in the attempts to influence the regulation that impacts upon the communicative processes.

The pdf version of the book can be downloaded (for free) from the book series website at (http://www.researchingcommunication.eu/).

The direct link is: http://www.researchingcommunication.eu/reco_book2.pdf.

Alternatively, you can visit the website we have built on the basis of all the ebook contributions. The URL of that website is: http://homepages.vub.ac.be/~ncarpent/grass/grassindex.html.

Researching media, democracy and participation. The intellectual work of the 2006 European media and communication doctoral summer school (2006) edited by Nico Carpentier, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Kaarle Nordenstreng, Maren Hartmann, Peeter Vihalemm and Bart Cammaerts

This book is the first publication in the new Researching and Teaching Communication Series, and it includes a series of papers that were presented by lecturers and PhD-students at the European Communication and Media Studies Summer School (officially called the Intensive Programme in Media and Communication), in August 2006 in Tartu (Estonia). The book consists of six sections: 1/Media and Democracy; 2/Participating in Europe; 3/Participating in European Media; 4/Theorising Communication; 5/Communicating Knowledge; and 6/Methods and Techniques. It also includes all PhD-student abstracts of the work presented at the Summer School.

You can download a PDF-version of this book - free of charge - from the Summer School website (http://www.comsummerschool.org). The direct link to the book is:

http://young.meso.ee/files/teaching_series_1ok.pdf.

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