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Communicative Figurations

Transforming Communications in Times of Deep Mediatization

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Gathers together a range of leading scholars in the field of mediatization

  • Looks at the transformative capability of deep mediatization from a non-media-centric point of view

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Rethinking Transforming Communications: An Introduction

      • Andreas Hepp, Andreas Breiter, Uwe Hasebrink
      Pages 3-13Open Access
  3. Institutions and Organizations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 203-203
    2. ‘Blogging Sometimes Leads to Dementia, Doesn’t It?’ The Roman Catholic Church in Times of Deep Mediatization

      • Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, Hannah Grünenthal, Sina Gogolok
      Pages 267-286Open Access
  4. Methodologies and Perspectives

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 341-341
    2. Researching Communicative Figurations: Necessities and Challenges for Empirical Research

      • Christine Lohmeier, Rieke Böhling
      Pages 343-362Open Access

About this book

This open access volume is about how to research the influence of our changing media environment. Today, there is not one single medium that is the driving force of change. With the spreading of various technical communication media such as mobile phone and internet platforms, we are confronted with a media manifold of deep mediatization. But how can we investigate its transformative capability? This book answers this question by taking a non-media-centric perspective, researching the various figurations of collectivities and organizations humans are involved in. The first part of the book outlines a fundamental understanding of the changing media environment of deep mediatization and its transformative capacity. The second part focuses on collectivities and movements: communities in the city, critical social movements, maker, online gaming groups and networked groups of young people. The third part moves institutions and organizations into the foreground, discussing the transformation of journalism, religion, politics, and education, whilst the fourth and final part is dedicated to methodologies and perspectives.


  • media communication
  • culture and society
  • media transformations
  • technical communication media
  • social relations and roles
  • social fields and institutional dynamics
  • identities and collectives
  • public debate
  • political decision-making
  • media logic
  • Mediatization
  • open access

Editors and Affiliations

  • ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

    Andreas Hepp, Andreas Breiter

  • Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

    Uwe Hasebrink

About the editors

Andreas Hepp is Professor of Media and Communication Studies with a special interest in Media Culture and Communication Theory at the ZeMKI (Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research), University of Bremen, Germany.

Andreas Breiter is Professor of Information Management and Educational Technologies at the University of Bremen, Germany, within the ZeMKI and Scientific Director of ifib, a not-for-profit research institute for information management.

Uwe Hasebrink is Professor of Empirical Communications Studies at the University of Hamburg and head of the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, Hamburg, Germany.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)