Brita Ytre-Arne

Media researcher at the University of Bergen

New book (in Norwegian) on media, citizenship and the welfare state

My most recent book, published in Norwegian, is an edited collection called Tjenestedemokratiet. Velferdsstaten som arena for deltagelse, which translates as The Service Democracy. The Welfare State as a Participatory Arena. The book originates from a cross-disciplinary research project that my postdoc was part of. Here, a team of researchers from sociology, political sciences and media studies investigate how people participate in democracy through their engagement with welfare services, and how the services respond to new forms of responses from users and citizens.

The book is edited by Dag Arne Christensen, Tord Skogedal Lindén, Jacob Aars and myself. In addition to introductory and closing chapters written by the editors, I have one chapter on welfare debate in social media and one chapter, with Helle Sjøvaag, reporting findings from a survey on opinion formation regarding journalism and welfare services.



New book! Gendered Citizenship and the Politics of Representation

I am very happy to announce that my new book Gendered Citizenship and the Politics of Representation has been published by Palgrave Macmillan. This is a collection edited by Hilde Danielsen, Kari Jegerstedt, Ragnhild Muriaas, and myself. It comes of the Ida Blom conference we organized three years ago in conjunction with the centennial jubilee for the institution of equal suffrage in Norway.

The book is international and multi-disciplinary, with contributions from leading and young scholars in a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. It deals with questions of representation and gendered citizenship from a variet of theoretical and empirical starting points, and is published as part of Palgrave’s Citizenship, Gender and Diversity series.

Here is a short presentation of the book at the UiB website and with the publisher.

New book chapter: Blogs, books, and journalism

My  most recent publication is a book chapter in Journalism Re-examined. Digital Challenges and Professional Orientations (2016) edited by Martin Eide, Helle Sjøvaag and Leif Ove Larsen. My chapter, entitled “Blogs, books, and journalism: Media platform interactions in public debate” provides a case study analysis of how blogging might serve as a point of entry into wider participation in public debate across media platforms. The publication is a result of my postdoc project on welfare policy debates in social media, and draws on Norwegian debates on family politics for examples.

CEDAR – Themed Section in Participations

CEDAR – Consortium on Directions in Audience Research has published a Themed Section in the journal Participations. I am co-editor with CEDAR director Ranjana Das from University of Leicester. The Themed Section includes an introduction to our work and many interesting essays on important developments in audience research in the past decade.

Article published: Social media experiences of long-term patients

A new article from my postdoc is out in Nordicom Review: “The Social Media Experiences of Long-Term Patients: Illness, Identity, and Participation“. It is published online now and will be in the print edition of the journal later this year.

New project: Media Use, Culture and Public Connection

My most recent project studies how the Norwegian population use their freedom of information to connect to – or disconnect from – the public sphere. A team of researchers led by Hallvard Moe will employ qualitative and quantitative methods in a broad exploration of the use of diverse media and cultural expressions across platforms and technologies. My role in the project is to lead one sub-project focusing on qualitative approaches, including media diaries and in-depth interviews. I will also take part in a sub-project focusing particularly on marginalized audiences.

Here is some information in Norwegian and a short version in English. Our research group website will include updates from the project.

CEDAR: Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research

One of my current projects is CEDAR – Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research. This is a wonderful network of young European audience researchers, conducting a project on the state and future of audience research with a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK). The network is led by Ranjana Das of University of Leicester and myself as co-investigator.

New article: Political debate in online discussion forums

I have published an article (in Norwegian) analysing debates on welfare politics in an online discussion forum for mothers. The article is published in the first digital only Open Access edition of the journal Norsk medietidsskrift.

Article published: Changing Magazine Journalism

Nordicom Review has published a special issue on New Nordic Journalism Research. I am happy to have one of my articles published there, probably the very last I will write based on my doctoral research project. The article is called “Changing Magazine Journalism: Key Trends in Norwegian Women’s Magazines” and aims to identify and discuss important changes in magazine journalism in the last decade.

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