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Minority, Media and Representation Across Europe


This study will examine community media (newspapers, radio and TV channels created by and for immigrants and/or minority groups), from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. We will study the modes of mobilisation and representation in nine European countries by analysing identity formations and power relations between minority groups and mainstream society. The objective of this study of community media is to analyse the spatially located character of cultural and religious relations in the context of globalisation. Reflection on territoriality generally takes place at the level of public policy.

The territoriality of mobilisations is studied much less: how does collective action arise at local, national and transnational levels? To what extent do identity- and religious- based mobilisations operate within different constraints and range of options according to individual, socio-political and territorial contexts? Can one speak, in the case of community media, of national, translocal or transnational mobilisations? What are the possible effects of passing between different spaces?

Our research thus aims to question the concept of territoriality at the time of transnational mobilisations of identity-based and political actors, whose logic and constraints are still poorly understood. The role of community media and the impact, which the minority situation is likely to have both in structuring the social arena and in positioning vis-a-vis host societies, is at the core of our analysis. We will study the effects of a triangular relationship concerning the linkage between the social actors (trajectory, feeling of membership, repertories of action), the public sphere (power, discourse, actions) and territorial spaces (local, national, transnational genealogies). Gender relations will receive particularly detailed attention.

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