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Political Communication, Citizenship, Interaction and the Mediated Public Sphere

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Ongoing Area of Research



Broadcast news and related media formats not only report ‘facts’ but are also used as a resource for the breaking of government initiatives and policy to the wider voting public. Furthermore, the media is seen to represent an area, a visible field if you like, where ‘accountability’ and other forms of democratic checks and balances are performed. Recent debates concerning government policy associated with BSE, foot and mouth disease, devolution, military action, health, education, and so forth have been articulated and re-examined within the ever-expanding space of influence that is occupied by media institutions, programmes, and practices. In this environment, there is a widespread sense that we need to look more broadly at our media institutions to find new sites for public engagement. Historically, letters to the editor and radio phone-ins have been among the most popular forums for citizen participation in public debate. They have provided opportunities for public deliberation on matters of common concern in a ‘mediatized’ society where political communication is overwhelmingly channelled through mass media outlets. However, currently, this is being transformed through new forms of digital media, social networking forums, blogging, ‘Twitter feeds’ and other forms of digital WEB 2.0 media that are radically reordering democratic cultures, political action, organisation, citizenship and the public sphere.



Media, Policy and Interaction



Media, Policy and Interaction (with Fitzgerald, R.) Aldershot, Ashgate, 2009

Language, Interaction and National Identity, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2002




Project Publications

Media, policy and interaction: introduction, (with R. Fitzgerald) in Media, Policy and Interaction (Eds. Richard Fitzgerald and William Housley) Aldershot, Ashgate, 2009

Membership category work in policy debate, (with R. Fitzgerald) in Media, Policy and Interaction (Eds. Richard Fitzgerald and William Housley) Aldershot, Ashgate, 2009

Theorising the Democratic Gaze: Visitors' Experiences of the New Welsh Assembly, Sociology, Vo.42 (4), Housley, W. and Wahl-Jorgensen, K. 2008

Generating News: Agenda Setting in Radio Broadcast News. In Marcel Burger (ed.), L'analyse linguistique des discours des médias : théories, méthodes et enjeux. Entre sciences du langage et sciences de la communication et des médias, Québec, Nota Bene. Fitzgerald, R, Jaworski A. and Housley W. 2007

Talkback, Community and the Public Sphere, Media International Australia, Special Issue on Talkback Radio in Australia. No.122,  Fitzgerald, R. and Housley, W. 2007

Categorisation, Interaction, Policy and Debate, Critical Discourse Studies,  Vol. 2 (1), Housley, W. and Fitzgerald, R. 2007

Categorisation, Accounts and Motives: 'Letters-to-the-editor' and Devolution in Wales (with R.Fitzgerald) in Discourse, Identity and Devolution (Eds. Karyn Stapleton and John Wilson) Aldershot, Ashgate, 2006

Moral Discrepancy and Political Discourse: Accountability and the Allocation of Blame in a Political News Interview, Sociological Research Online, Volume 8(2), Housley, W. and Fitzgerald, R. 2003

The Moral Discrepancy Device and ‘fudging the issue’ in a Political Radio News Interview, Sociology, Vol.34(3), Housley, W. 2002


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