Weathering the crisis? Managing democracy at a national broadcaster

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dc.contributor.advisor O'Mahony, Patrick en
dc.contributor.advisor McCullagh, Ciaran en
dc.contributor.author Cullinane, Mark
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-26T09:14:55Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.date.submitted 2016
dc.identifier.citation Cullinane, M. 2016. Weathering the crisis? Managing democracy at a national broadcaster. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 355 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2628
dc.description.abstract With post-2008 political and economic crises as its backdrop, this inquiry into the political roles and functions of public service broadcasting (PSB) in Ireland is principally concerned with examining the capacities for and actuality of critical and counter-hegemonic professional journalistic and institutional mediations of crisis. Recognising the diversity of influences on the normative identity of Irish PSB, the dissertation adopts a sociological approach that acknowledges the systemic embedding of media institutions in the broader field of power. An initial tracing of the formative impacts of endogenous and exogenous forces on the democratic horizons of PSB suggests that the present crisis conjuncture does not represent promising terrain for engendering critical crisis and recovery imaginaries. A methodologically diverse intra-institutional empirical research agenda aims to explore at close hand Irish PSB’s contingent navigation of crisis, encompassing ethnographic observation in the newsroom, practitioner interviews and textual analysis of broadcast output. These methods afford close analysis of practices of journalistic production and reflexivity, self-conceptions of the journalistic habitus, and ideological affinities of crisis framings in broadcast output. These analyses are supplemented by a participant observation study of the possibilities for public agenda-building in a key institutional venue of public participation in broadcasting governance. The findings offer an evidential basis for the arguments that the crisis has prompted only minimal changes to professional norms and practices of representation and inclusion; that journalistic crisis framings tend toward effecting hegemonic repair by lending support to neoliberal crisis and recovery imaginaries; and that the institutional openings for the building of public counterpower are highly constrained. The overall conclusion is made that the normative democratic orientation embedded in the professional and institutional projects of public service broadcasting help render it ill-equipped to act as a re-democratising countervailing power against the democratic regressions engendered by the present crisis of democratic capitalism. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Research Council (Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2016, Mark Cullinane. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject RTÉ en
dc.subject Irish media en
dc.subject Public service broadcasting en
dc.subject Public sphere en
dc.subject Journalism en
dc.title Weathering the crisis? Managing democracy at a national broadcaster en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral Degree (Structured) en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Social Science) en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Applied Social Studies en
dc.internal.school Sociology en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out No en
dc.thesis.opt-out true
dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
dc.internal.conferring Summer 2016 en


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