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MACEK, Jakub, Alena MACKOVÁ and Johana KOTIŠOVÁ. Participation or New Media Use First? Reconsidering the Role of New Media in Civic Practices in the Czech Republic. Medijske Studije, 2015, vol. 6, No 11, p. 68-83. ISSN 1847-9758.
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Original name Participation or New Media Use First? Reconsidering the Role of New Media in Civic Practices in the Czech Republic
Authors MACEK, Jakub (203 Czech Republic, guarantor, belonging to the institution), Alena MACKOVÁ (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution) and Johana KOTIŠOVÁ (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution).
Edition Medijske Studije, 2015, 1847-9758.
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Original language English
Type of outcome article in a journal
Field of Study Literature, mass media, audio-visual activities
Country of publisher Croatia
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
WWW Full paper
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14230/15:00080830
Organization unit Faculty of Social Studies
UT WoS 000359782800007
Keywords in English civic practices; diffused audience; new media; traditional media; Czech Republic
Tags International impact, Reviewed
Changed by Changed by: Mgr. Jakub Macek, Ph.D., učo 14931. Changed: 28. 1. 2017 18:36.
Abstract
The article discusses qualitative research on the mundane civic practices of some Czechs, with a specific focus on the role of new media. It works with a context-oriented approach in order to avoid media-centrism. Our research is focussed on the ways in which civic practices are structured by immediate and wider social and political contexts and how they are experienced by post-socialist citizens from villages and large cities. The role of new media and the place of civic practices in everyday life is analysed with respect to these contexts. The research based on semi-structured in-depth interviews with 22 politically and publicly active citizens indicates that Czechs experience a similar crisis in relation to institutional politics as their counterparts in long established democracies and it reveals tell-tale differences between the social spaces of villages and cities both in participatory practices and in civic uses of new media. However, the study does not indicate a radical, new media-driven transformation of citizenship, rather it suggests subtle shifts in practices and a pragmatic mixing of face-to-face communication and traditional media (print, public address systems, noticeboards) with new communication technologies.
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EE2.3.20.0184, research and development projectName: Vytvoření interdisciplinárního týmu v oblasti výzkumu internetu a nových médií
GP13-15684P, research and development projectName: Nová a stará média v každodenním životě: mediální publika v čase proměny mediálních praxí
Investor: Czech Science Foundation, Postdoctoral projects
MUNI/A/0903/2013, internal MU codeName: Proměna veřejné a politické participace v kontextu měnících se mediálních technologií a praxí
Investor: Masaryk University, Grant Agency of the Masaryk University, Category A
MUNI/A/1342/2014, internal MU codeName: Aktuální problémy politologického výzkumu
Investor: Masaryk University, Grant Agency of the Masaryk University, Category A
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