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Title: Broadcasting regulation and the public-private dichotomy
Author: Dawes, S.
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis is a theoretical and methodological engagement with the extent to which the public-private dichotomy is an appropriate and effective framework within which to critically approach the history of broadcasting regulation in the UK. The critical literature on the subject tends to present a narrative of decline, from an ethos of public service and citizenship, which is presumed to have enabled the public sphere, to a neoliberal faith in market logic and consumer choice, which is accused of undermining it. Much of this discussion is theoretically weakened, however, by a lack of engagement with the relevant literatures, and by the reduction to unitary oppositions between commonsensical terms of what are actually protean distinctions between contentious concepts. Taking this claim as its starting point, the thesis will attempt to clarify the ambiguity of the key concepts of debate on broadcasting regulation, recognising the need for the complexification of distinctions rather than their simplification or abandonment. Although not arguing that the assumptions or conclusions in the dominant literature are incorrect, the aim of the thesis is nevertheless to move away from an approach that identifies public service broadcasting (PSB) with political citizenship and the public sphere, and to explore instead the ways in which the distinction between public and private, and that between citizens and consumers, has always been a negotiated and unresolved process. Consequently, critical engagement with theoretical debates on citizenship, consumption, neoliberalism and the public sphere, as well as with methodological debates on the critical and genealogical approaches to discourse analysis, will be undertaken as a first step towards a more theoretically-informed (and more critical) genealogical account of the history of broadcasting regulation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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