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French and Latin American perspectives on mediation and mediatization: A lecture note from Germany

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This article is looking at the status quo of mediatization research in French and Spanish speaking communities of communication researchers. It argues that problems of mediatization are discussed in these communities namely under the term 'mediation' (médiation, mediación). This term does not mean exactly the same as 'mediatization as a metaconcept' which Friedrich Krotz has proposed in the last decade - but there are common lines of thinking: both, mediatization and mediation, focus on (1) communication as social and symbolic action, (2) the role of technical media and digitalization in postmodern societies, (3) the transcultural background of changes in the lifeworld (not at least via globalization processes), structured more and more via technical mediated communication. The author outlines mediation research in France and Latin America, focusing especially on basic readings in these fields, namely the works of Paul Béaud (for France and the francophone Switzerland) and Jésus Martín-Barbero for Latin America as well as for France. Both lines, the French and the Latin American ? which are interwoven ? are not very well known in western and northern Europe.
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Keywords: French semiopragmatics; Latin American cultural studies; communication theory; mediatization; meditation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Bremen, Germany

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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