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The Discursive-Material Knot

Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation

By Nico Carpentier

The theoretical framework of the discursive‐material knot consists out of a non‐hierarchical ontology of the interactions of the discursive and the material, articulating the assemblages that are driven by this ontological setting as restless and contingent, sometimes incessantly changing shapes and sometimes being deeply sedimented. This book acknowledges the importance of discourse studies, in having produced a better understanding of the socio‐political role of frameworks of intelligibility, and of materialism theory in highlighting the importance of the agentic role of materials. Still, the combination of the discursive and the material requires our attention in a much more fundamental way; that is where this book’s first platform aims to provide a contribution. These ontological‐theoretical reflections are not produced in a void, but they are put to work in this book, first in platform two, which consists of a discursive‐material re‐reading of three theoretical fields, dealing with practices that are all highly relevant in contemporary democracies: participation, community media and conflict (transformation). Finally, in the third platform, this book turns its attention to a particular social reality, analyzing the logic of the discursivematerial knot in the particular context of the Cyprus Problem. This case study fills a gap by bringing community media and conflict transformation together, through the analysis of the role of the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC), and its webradio MYCYradio, in contributing to the transformation of antagonism into agonism. Deploying a discursive‐material analysis to study the participation and agonization (and their articulation) in CCMC/MYCYradio shows the complexity and richness of conflict transformation processes, in combination with the importance of organizations such as CCMC/MYCYradio for the betterment of society.

Nico Carpentier is Professor in Media and Communication Studies at the Department of Informatics and Media of Uppsala University. In addition, he holds two part‐time positions: Associate Professor at the Communication Studies Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Docent at Charles University in Prague. He is a Research Fellow at the Cyprus University of Technology and Loughborough University. He is a member of IAMCR and chair of its Participatory Communication Research Section.

Table of Contents

The Introduction of a Triptych

Platform 1

Chapter 1: Reconciling the Discursive and the Material—A Knotted Theoretical Framework

  1. The Discursive
  2. Discursive Structures
  3. Agency
  4. The Material
  5. The Two Dimensions and their Knotted Relationships
  6. From High Theory to Research: About Sensitizing Concepts

Platform 2

Chapter 2: Participation, Community Media, and Conflict (Transformation)

  1. Defining Participation—A Political (Studies) Approach
  2. Defining Community Media Organizations
  3. Conflict and Community Media

Platform 3

Chapter 3: The Cyprus Conflict

  1. A Contextual Analysis of the Cyprus Problem
  2. A Brief Historical Overview of the Cyprus Problem
  3. Discourses and Materialities of the Cyprus Problem

Chapter 4: CCMC as a Participatory and Agonistic Assemblage

  1. Introducing the CCMC and MYCYradio Case Study
  2. CCMC, MYCYradio, and Participation
  3. CCMC, MYCYradio, and Conflict Transformation
  4. A Concluding Reflection on the Articulation of Participation and Agonism

The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: The Discursive-Material Knot. Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation
Author:  Nico Carpentier
Published: 2017
Pages: 427
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 978‐1‐4331‐2885‐1

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