Muslim bloggers in Germany: An emerging counterpublic

Stine Eckert*, Kalyani Chadha

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The Muslim minority in Germany has been historically misrepresented in and excluded from the mainstream public sphere. In response, some Muslims in Germany have turned to blogs as an alternative space to challenge the dominant public discourse through varied discursive practices. In this study, we examine these practices through 28 in-depth interviews with Muslim bloggers in Germany. Applying Nancy Fraser's theory of counterpublics, we posit that this group, which seeks to challenge mainstream representations and offer oppositional counter-discourses, represents an emerging counterpublic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)926-942
Number of pages17
JournalMedia, Culture and Society
Volume35
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Germany
  • Habermas
  • Muslim bloggers
  • counterpublic sphere
  • online counterpublic
  • political blogging
  • public sphere

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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