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Antwerp Media in Society Centre (AMSoC)
Main organisation:Department of Communication Studies
Lifecycle:1 Oct 2003 → Today
Organisation profile:The Antwerp Media in Society Centre (AMSoC) studies how media both shape and reflect society at the same time. We disentangle the complex interplay between media industry, technology, representation and use on the one hand, and relations of power, mechanisms of exclusion, and democratic politics on the other. The centre's work is rooted in a constructionist view on social reality. The starting point is that media do not merely reflect society, identities and social relations, but actively shape them in daily processes of meaning-making. We combine a critical-interpretive approach, geared towards a contextualized and holistic understanding of the social world, with rigorous social-scientific research into media products, practices and uses.
Keywords:MEDIA CULTURE, REPRESENTATIONS, IDENTITY, MEDIA POLICY, SOCIAL CONFLICT, POPULAR CULTURE, JOURNALISM
Disciplines:Media and communication theory, Journalism studies, Cultural media, Media discourse reception