New book series “Transforming Communications” starts with edited volume from the “Communicative Figurations” research network

This open access volume assesses the influence of our changing media environment. Today, there is not one single medium that is the driving force of change. With the spread of various technical communication media such as mobile phones and internet platforms, we are confronted with a media manifold of deep mediatization. But how can we investigate its transformative capability? This book answers this question by taking a non-media-centric perspective, researching the various figurations of collectivities and organizations humans are involved in. The first part of the book outlines a fundamental understanding of the changing media environment of deep mediatization and its transformative capacity. The second part focuses on collectivities and movements: communities in the city, critical social movements, maker, online gaming groups and networked groups of young people. The third part moves institutions and organizations into the foreground, discussing the transformation of journalism, religion, politics, and education, whilst the fourth and final part is dedicated to methodologies and perspectives.

Contributors: Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz, Matthias Berg, Matthias Bixler, Rieke Böhling, Andreas Breiter, Thomas Friemel, Sina Gogolok, Hannah Grünenthal, Uwe Hasebrink, Andreas Hepp, Sigrid Kannengießer, Juliane Klein, Leif Kramp, Giselinde Kuipers, Christine Lohmeier, Wiebke Loosen, Inge Marszolek, Frank Nullmeier, Tanja Pritzlaff-Scheele, Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, Yvonne Robel, Arne Hendrik Ruhe, Uwe Schimank, Kim Christian Schrøder, Piet Simon, Monika Sowinska, Rebecca Venema, Michael Walter, Karsten D. Wolf and Urszula Wudarski.

The complete eBook can be downloaded here for free. 

Hepp, Andreas/Breiter, Andreas/Hasebrink, Uwe (eds.) (2017): Communicative Figurations. Transforming Communications in Times of Deep Mediatization. London: Palgrave MacMillan, ISBN 978-3-319-65583-3, EUR 29,95.