Global Communication and Transnational Public Spheres

Global Communication and Transnational Public Spheres

by Angela Crack
     
 

Information and communication technologies (ICT) enable citizens to communicate across state borders with greater ease than ever before, exciting much speculation about the emergence of transnational public spheres. This highly original work introduces this debate to International Relations, by investigating the socio-political implications of ICT in a global

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Overview

Information and communication technologies (ICT) enable citizens to communicate across state borders with greater ease than ever before, exciting much speculation about the emergence of transnational public spheres. This highly original work introduces this debate to International Relations, by investigating the socio-political implications of ICT in a global governance framework. Classic Habermasian theory is radically reconstructed to take account of contemporary trends in state sovereignty and global civil society. It is argued that if access is not widened and free speech not sufficiently protected, the early promise of ICT as a liberating force will be neutralized.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403975218
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
02/05/2008
Series:
Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication Series
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Angela Crack is Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.

Table of Contents

Introducing Transnational Public Spheres to International Relations
• Reconstructing Habermasian Public Sphere Theory * Contending Theories of Transnational Public Spheres: Propositions for an Alternative Analytical Framework * The Information Age: Transborder Communicative Capacity * The Rise of Global Governance: Transformations in Sites of Political Authority * Global Civil Society: Transnational Networks of Mutual Affinity

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