Mobilizing Discourse Theory for Critical Media Politics: Obstacles and Potentials

  • Peter Dahlgren


Traditional appeals to established methodologies for acquiring knowledge about the world have increasingly lost their compelling quality; we have become all too aware of the issues and pitfalls involved in applying any given approach. We understand that any methodological platform, any set of premises and assumptions about how to proceed, or about our conceptual framework, is always already embedded and implicated in particular worldviews and social arrangements. While the difficulties of relativism and historicism have always been a nagging thorn in the side of social research, our sensitivities to them have been heightened in the past couple of decades, as the ripples of philosophical reflection, not least of the post-structuralist variety, has spread across the waters of academic research. And, in these waters, we are all in a sense in the same boat: there is no one ultimate perspective or solution. Or at least such is the case for those who allow for sufficient critical self-reflection.


Public Sphere Radical Contingency Deliberative Democracy Political Engagement Media Researcher 
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