Archive: Journalism for democracy (2010)

Geraldine Muhlmann Journalism for Democracy, Polity, 2010

Editor: There are some very interesting remarks on Foucault, Bourdieu and journalism in the first chapter

Journalists are commonly denounced from all sides – a shameful, deceitful trade, a profession sold out to the powerful which gives a biased and misleading picture of the world. Behind the condemnation one can often detect a desire for reform, a feeling that good journalism is too important for the health of democracy to be left to languish among the tabloids. Yet the discussion rarely gets beyond the well-worn formulas of free speech and the Fourth Estate. The question of the political significance of journalism is never seriously addressed, and the question of what journalism should be is rarely posed.

This important new book by Géraldine Muhlmann addresses these gaps in our understanding and goes a long way to filling them. Putting aside the hasty diatribes against journalism, Muhlmann asks the fundamental questions: what should journalism be? What ideals should it serve? What do seeing and showing the world mean today? What direction should journalism take in order to emerge from its current crisis?

Drawing on a rich tradition of philosophical thought, Muhlmann breathes new life into the old debate about journalism and its role today. Avoiding the twin pitfalls of destructive criticism and naive celebration, she sees a double task for a reinvigorated journalism: to allow space for conflict but also to foster unity within the political community. In the practice of journalism we see the enigma of democracy itself: the coexistence of two stages, one of action and one of representations, the latter offering a symbolic resolution to the conflicts that animate the former.

Archive Books

Reconstructing Imagined Finnishness: The Case of Art Education through the Concept of Place (2016)

Paatela-Nieminen, M., Itkonen, T., Talib, M.-T.
Reconstructing Imagined Finnishness: The Case of Art Education through the Concept of Place
(2016) International Journal of Art and Design Education, 35 (2), pp. 229-242.

DOI: 10.1111/jade.12057

This multidisciplinary article presents a methodology, a research project and selected outcomes from an environmental art education course for teacher students. The course is part of an art education minor at the University of Helsinki, Department of Teacher Education. The students were asked to construct their place through an intertextual art method that provided them the means to study their place open-endedly as a space of plural cultural meanings. Applying the results from their intertextual process, they reconstructed their place artistically. The end product was a personal work of art that included traces of their chosen places, and created a new meaning for it. The outcome is a visual space of compacted meanings from different places. Places contain history and memories important to identity construction. The results show that the intertextual reading extends the students’ concept of place as a space for relational and plural cultural meanings. Foucault’s concept of heterotopia, as it applies to otherness of places and spaces, was used alongside the intertextual art method. © 2016 The Authors. iJADE © 2016 NSEAD/John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Author Keywords
art education; Finnishness; heteretopia; identity; intertextual art method; local/global culture; place

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