Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2003

Publication Source

Communication Theory

Volume

13

Issue

3

Start Page

304

Last Page

323

DOI

10.1111/j.1468-2885.2003.tb00294.x

Abstract

This article articulates media ethnography with international communication theory in the context of globalization. It explores the history and regional trajectories of media ethnography, as well as anthropology’s epistemological and political issues of representation that have become relevant to media studies. The authors argue that rethinking the limits and potential of media ethnography to address cultural consumption also necessarily involves considering how ethnography can serve to engender a vision of international communication theory grounded in the practices of everyday life. This reformulation is crucial at a time when some media scholars celebrate difference via microassessments of postcolonial locales and the plurality of cultures without attempting to consider global structural concerns. In fact, the authors argue, if media ethnographies are rigorously developed, they can offer international communication theory the material to bridge the gap between meaning and structure without losing site of the complexity, context, and power imbalances inherent in processes of globalization.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is the accepted version of the article which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2885.2003.tb00294.x

Comments

NOTE: At the time of publication, author Marwan Kraidy was affiliated with American University. Currently(March 2013), he is a faculty member at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Date Posted: 29 March 2013