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Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power and Privilege Shape Public Discourse in Progressive Communities
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Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power and Privilege Shape Public Discourse in Progressive Communities (Paperback)

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Against conventional wisdom, pervasive black-white disparities pair with vitriolic public conversation in politically progressive communities throughout America. Networked News, Racial Divides examines obstacles to public dialogues about racial inequality and opportunities for better discourse in mid-sized, liberal cities. The book narrates the challenges faced when talking about race through a series of stories about each community struggling with K-12 education achievement gaps. Media expert Sue Robinson applies Bourdieusian field theory to understand media ecologies and analyze whose voices get heard and whose get left out. She explores how privilege shapes discourse and how identity politics can interfere with deliberation. Drawing on network analysis of community dialogues, interviews with journalists, politicians, activists, and citizens and deep case study of five cities, this reflexive and occasionally narrative book chronicles the institutional, cultural and other problematic realities to amplifying voices of all people while also recommending strategies to move forward and build trust.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesConstitution: government & the statePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsEthnic studiesEthnic minorities & multicultural studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesSocial discrimination Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 30/11/2017 ISBN-13: 9781108412322  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Sue Robinson is Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she teaches and researches digital technologies and information authority in journalism studies. Robinson is widely published, has won many grants and awards - including the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award - and consults for newsrooms, school districts and other organizations. She worked as a reporter for thirteen years before entering academia.

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