Transforming Communications –

Studies in Cross-Media Research

Communicative Figurations

Transforming Communications in Times of Deep Mediatization

edited by Andreas Hepp, Andreas Breiter and Uwe Hasebrink

This 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.

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The editors of this volume

Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp

Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter

Prof. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction

1 Rethinking Transforming Communications: An Introduction
Andreas Hepp, Andreas Breiter and Uwe Hasebrink

2 Researching Transforming Communications in Times of Deep Mediatization: A Figurational Approach
Andreas Hepp and Uwe Hasebrink

Part II Collectivities and Movements

3 Living Together in the Mediatized City: The Figurations of Young People’s Urban Communities
Andreas Hepp, Piet Simon and Monika Sowinska

4 Chaos Computer Club: The Communicative Construction of Media Technologies and Infrastructures as a Political Category
Sebastian Kubitschko

5  Repair Cafés as Communicative Figurations: Consumer-Critical Media Practices for Cultural Transformation
Sigrid Kannengießer

Communicative Figurations of Expertization: DIY_MAKER and Multi-Player Online Gaming (MOG) as Cultures of Amateur Learning
Karsten D. Wolf and Urszula Wudarski

7 The Communicative Construction of Space-Related Identities. Hamburg and Leipzig Between the Local and the Global
Yvonne Robel and Inge Marszolek

8 Networked Media Collectivities. The Use of Media for the Communicative Construction of Collectivities Among Adolescents
Thomas N. Friemel and Matthias Bixler

Part III Institutions and Organizations

9 The Transformation of Journalism: From Changing Newsroom Cultures to a New Communicative Orientation?
Leif Kramp and Wiebke Loosen

10 Moralizing and Deliberating in Financial Blogging. Moral Debates in Blog Communication During the Financial Crisis 2008
Rebecca Venema and Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz

11 ‘Blogging Sometimes Leads to Dementia, Doesn’t It?’ The Roman Catholic Church in Times of Deep Mediatization
Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, Hannah Grünenthal and Sina Gogolok

12 Relating Face to Face. Communicative Practices and Political Decision-Making in a Changing Media Environment
Tanja Pritzlaff-Scheele and Frank Nullmeier

13 Paper Versus School Information Management Systems: Governing the Figurations of Mediatized Schools in England and Germany
Andreas Breiter and Arne Hendrik Ruhe

Part IV Methodologies and Perspectives

14 Researching Communicative Figurations: Necessities and Challenges for Empirical Research
Christine Lohmeier and Rieke Böhling

15 Researching Individuals’ Media Repertoires: Challenges of Qualitative Interviews on Cross-Media Practices
Juliane Klein, Michael Walter and Uwe Schimank

16 The Complexity of Datafication: Putting Digital Traces in Context
Andreas Breiter and Andreas Hepp

17 Communicative Figurations and Cross-Media Research
Kim Christian Schrøder

18 Communicative Figurations: Towards a New Paradigm for the Media Age?
Giselinde Kuipers


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Number of Pages
XXII, 438
Number of Illustrations and Tables
24 b/w illustrations

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