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From listening... to the dialogic realities of participatory democracy

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The idea of listening offers a means of reframing contemporary media theory and the

    project of cultural studies in such a way that the ‘other half’ of communication can enter

    the picture on an equal footing. Many of the implications, both politically and

    conceptually, of such a move were canvassed in a special issue of Continuumin 2009.This

    paper engages with the themes of the special issue and elaborates on the implications

    through a consideration of core issues from perspectives not covered in that issue. We

    draw particularly on the traditions of hermeneutics, pragmatism and social constructionismto

    refashion the idea of communicating so that intersubjectivity and praxis are brought

    to the fore. This refashioning provides the basis for a critical consideration of what it can

    mean to engage in dialogue. Ideas of dialogue driven by the presumption of shared

    understanding are discarded in favour of a form of dialogic listening across difference.We

    proceed to show how these ideas contribute to the heart of the Listening Project’s research

    agenda: understanding and meeting the challenges of democratic dialogue.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Penman, R. & Turnbull, S. E. 2012, 'From listening... to the dialogic realities of participatory democracy', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 61-72.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84857254145

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1542

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 61

End Page


  • 72

Volume


  • 26

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • The idea of listening offers a means of reframing contemporary media theory and the

    project of cultural studies in such a way that the ‘other half’ of communication can enter

    the picture on an equal footing. Many of the implications, both politically and

    conceptually, of such a move were canvassed in a special issue of Continuumin 2009.This

    paper engages with the themes of the special issue and elaborates on the implications

    through a consideration of core issues from perspectives not covered in that issue. We

    draw particularly on the traditions of hermeneutics, pragmatism and social constructionismto

    refashion the idea of communicating so that intersubjectivity and praxis are brought

    to the fore. This refashioning provides the basis for a critical consideration of what it can

    mean to engage in dialogue. Ideas of dialogue driven by the presumption of shared

    understanding are discarded in favour of a form of dialogic listening across difference.We

    proceed to show how these ideas contribute to the heart of the Listening Project’s research

    agenda: understanding and meeting the challenges of democratic dialogue.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Penman, R. & Turnbull, S. E. 2012, 'From listening... to the dialogic realities of participatory democracy', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 61-72.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84857254145

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1542

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 61

End Page


  • 72

Volume


  • 26

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia