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Who exactly needs to be 'saved'?: Looking back at fundamental concepts of media and communication in relation to political struggles and social movements of developing countries
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centre for HumanIT. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (HumanIT)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8225-3447
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Current research conducted within political communication, and generally in social sciences, seems to be infected by overemphasis put on the concept of 'agency', especially when involved into discussion of 'power'. This problem seems to be most pressing particularly in relatively newer fields of scientific inquiry, such as feminist, queer and postcolonial studies. However, as Bourdieu points out, "by constructing the objective structure of the distribution of the properties attached to individuals or institutions, one acquires an instrument for forecasting the probable behaviours of agents occupying different positions within that distribution" (2004, p. 58). In this sense this article is an attempt, especially in relation to the most recent failures happening in countries effected by Arab Spring, to revisit some fundamental concepts of political communication in order to understand these failures and draw better map for the future of struggles started to flourish in developing countries. First part of the article is concerned with the definition of objective truth, and what it means within the scientific inquiry of media and communication, and benefits mostly from Kuhn-Popper debate. Second part is inclined towards the concepts of 'subjectivity', 'power' and 'critical reflexivity', especially from the perspective of feminist epistemology, and tries to reflect onto the current debates about women rights and women movements in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia, same timely following the renewed discussions happening in advanced industrial democracies.

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Keyword [en]
Feminist epistemology, subjectivity, critical reflexivity, political struggle
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-28509OAI: diva2:636963
NordMedia 2013: "Defending Democracy. Nordic and global diversities in media and journalism". Oslo, Norway, 8-11 August 2013.
Available from: 2013-07-15 Created: 2013-07-15 Last updated: 2014-01-31Bibliographically approved

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