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Between 2003 and 2012 ECREA published its book series in collaboration with Intellect. Research done by ECREA members was prioritized in the books of this series, which was a continuation of the ECCR book series. Books addressed themes relevant to the ECREA's interests; made a major contribution to the theory, research, practice and/or policy literature; were European in scope; and represented a diversity of perspectives. Book proposals were refereed.


The ECREA Book Series @ Intellect (2003-2012)


The Independence of the Media and its Regulatory Agencies. Shedding New Light on Formal and Actual Independence against the National Context (June 2013), edited by Wolfgang Schulz, Kristina Irion and Peggy Valcke
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Media independence is vital for democracies, and so is the independence of the regulatory bodies governing it. The Independence of the Media and its Regulatory Agencies explores the complex relationship between media governance and independence of media regulatory authorities within Europe, which form part of the wider framework in which media’s independence may flourish or fade.

Based on research in more than forty countries, the contributions analyze the independence of regulators and draw links between social, financial, and legal frameworks.

Published by Intellect.




Selling War. The Role of the Mass Media in Hostile Conflicts form World War I to the ‘War on Terror’ (2012), edited by Josef Seethaler, Matthias Karmasin, Gabriele Melischek and Romy Wöhlert. Book cover

This book is the first collection of essays to explore the changing relationships between war, media, and the public from a multidisciplinary perspective and over an extended historical period. It is also the first textbook for students in this field, discussing a wide range of theoretical concepts and methodological tools for analyzing the nature of these relationships.

Shedding new light on conflicts spanning from World War I through the so-called War on Terror, the contributors explore the roles of traditional media, war blogs, and eyewitness reporting; of war correspondents and embedded journalism; and of propaganda, wartime public relations, and information warfare.

Published by Intellect.




Citizen Voices. Performing Public Participation in Science and Environment Communication (2012), edited by Louise Phillips, Anabela Carvalho and Julie Doyle.
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This book deals with the following questions: How is 'participation' ascribed meaning and practiced in science and environment communication? And how are citizen voices articulated, invoked, heard, marginalized or silenced in those processes?

Citizen Voices takes its starting point in the so-called dialogic or participatory turn in scientific and environmental governance in which practices claiming to be based on principles of participation, dialogue and citizen involvement have proliferated.

Published by Intellect.





The Social Use of Media. Cultural and Social Scientific Perspectives on Audience Research (2012), edited by Helena Bilandzic and Geoffroy Patriarche and Paul Traudt
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This collection of essays provides an overview of research on the social uses of media. Drawing on long traditions in both cultural studies and the social sciences, it brings together competing research approaches usually discussed separately. The topics include up-to date research on activity and interactivity, media use as a social and cultural practice, and participation in a cultural, political, and technological sense.

This volume presents visions of current audience and reception studies and makes a significant contribution to the development of interdisciplinary approaches to audience and user studies.

Published by Intellect.






From NWICO to WSIS: 30 Years of Communication Geopolitics Actors and Flows, Structures and Divides (2012), edited by Divina Frau-Meigs, Jérémie Nicey, Patricio Tupper, Michael Palmer and Julia Pohle
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Through extensive research and testimonies from those involved, this book presents an in-depth account from the 1970s to the present of the major issues concerning information flow in international geopolitics, including a look at the negotiations surrounding the major policy debates.

Few studies of NWICO and WSIS have considered the continuity between the two activities – or included in the debate the crucial intermediary period between – and this book provides new insight into an issue of multilingual and multicultural importance.

Published by Intellect.






Trends in Communication Policy Research. New Theories, Methods & Subjects (2012), edited by Natascha Just and Manuel Puppis
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With contributions from leading international experts from within both the communications industry and academia, Trends in Communication Policy Research comprises the very latest developments in the theories, methods, and practical applications of the dynamic field of communication policy research.

Topical and of high societal and political relevance, this authoritative and up-to-date volume with contributions from leading international scholars will prove an invaluable reference for students and scholars seeking to understand future trends in communication policy research.

Published by Intellect.




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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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