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Kekki MK. (2020) Challenges and Possibilities of Media-Based Public Dialogue: Misunderstanding, Stereotyping and Reflective Attitude. In: Strand T. (eds) Rethinking Ethical-Political Education. Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education, vol 16. Springer, Cham.

Challenges and possibilities of media-based public dialogue : misunderstanding, stereotyping and reflective attitude

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Author: Kekki, Minna-Kerttu1
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-06-30


This chapter discusses the problems and possibilities of media-based public dialogue. The educational perspective is on the non-formal and informal citizenship education of adults. The chapter starts by defining the kind of dialogue suitable for pluralist democratic societies as a ‘radical’ dialogue. Then the focus turns towards two central problems that arise from the pluralistic nature of contemporary democratic societies where, nevertheless, we often tend to forget the plurality of our ‘normalities’ in our everyday encounters. These specific problems are stereotyping and misunderstanding. In the end, I propose a self-reflective attitude as a key to successful public dialogue in pluralist democratic societies.

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Series: Contemporary philosophies and theories in education
ISSN: 2214-9759
ISSN-E: 2214-9767
ISSN-L: 2214-9759
ISBN: 978-3-030-49524-4
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-49523-7
Volume: 16
Pages: 223 - 236
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-49524-4_15
Host publication editor: Strand, Torill
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 611 Philosophy
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