The Identity of Mediatization: Theorizing a Dynamic Field

Part of the Transforming Communications – Studies in Cross-Media Research book series (TCSCMR)


With the rapid expansion and visibility of mediatization research, the question of a common core, or identity, of the field becomes more pressing. This contribution reconstructs self-descriptions of the field and its theoretical premises and discusses ordering distinctions found in the literature. The analysis concludes that while some differences between conceptions have been exaggerated, important epistemological distinctions are still neglected. Based on a differentiated concept of the media, the article tries to uncover fundamental notions of mediatization theory that help identify core concerns of the field.



This contribution draws on a number of presentations held throughout 2014–15 in Siegen, Stockholm, Friedrichshafen and Copenhagen on questions regarding the epistemological foundations of mediatization research. I wish to thank the participants of these discussions, in particular Stig Hjarvard , Friedrich Krotz, Wolfgang Reißmann and Peter Gentzel. Also, I need to acknowledge the helpful comments by an anonymous reviewer as well as by the editors of this volume.


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  1. 1.Zeppelin UniversityFriedrichshafenGermany

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