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Media, multiculturalism and the politics of listening

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Abstract


  • To date both research and policy on media and cultural diversity have emphasised

    questions of speaking, whether in mainstream, community or diaspora media. There is

    also a vast literature examining questions of representation, including stereotyping,

    racialisation, hybridisation and self-representations. This paper extends these

    discussions to focus on questions of listening. Attention to listening provokes

    important questions about media and multiculturalism: How do media enable or

    constrain listening across difference? How can a diversity of voices be heard in the

    media? Drawing on recent work in ethics and political theory, this paper explores the

    productive possibilities of a shift from the politics of representation to a politics of

    listening in both media studies and media advocacy work concerned with

    understanding across differences. To highlight listening shifts the focus and

    responsibility for change from marginalised voices and on to the conventions,

    institutions and privileges which shape who and what can be heard in media.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Dreher, T. (2008). Media, multiculturalism and the politics of listening. In E. Tilley (Eds.), Power and Place: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2008 (pp. 1-14). Palmerston North, New Zealand: Massey University.

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  • http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/research/conferences/australian-new-zealand-communication-association-conference/anzca-2008_home.cfm

Abstract


  • To date both research and policy on media and cultural diversity have emphasised

    questions of speaking, whether in mainstream, community or diaspora media. There is

    also a vast literature examining questions of representation, including stereotyping,

    racialisation, hybridisation and self-representations. This paper extends these

    discussions to focus on questions of listening. Attention to listening provokes

    important questions about media and multiculturalism: How do media enable or

    constrain listening across difference? How can a diversity of voices be heard in the

    media? Drawing on recent work in ethics and political theory, this paper explores the

    productive possibilities of a shift from the politics of representation to a politics of

    listening in both media studies and media advocacy work concerned with

    understanding across differences. To highlight listening shifts the focus and

    responsibility for change from marginalised voices and on to the conventions,

    institutions and privileges which shape who and what can be heard in media.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Dreher, T. (2008). Media, multiculturalism and the politics of listening. In E. Tilley (Eds.), Power and Place: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2008 (pp. 1-14). Palmerston North, New Zealand: Massey University.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3017&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1969

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 14

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/research/conferences/australian-new-zealand-communication-association-conference/anzca-2008_home.cfm