In the democratization paradigm the focus is on the question to what extent media institutions are free from state intervention. In this column, Mingyi Hou questions the usefulness of this paradigm to explain why Chinese public intellectuals seem to be disappearing.
How the Dutch national Skirt Day (Rokjesdag) and a leopard print skirt give a good impression of some of our societal problems like, for example, discrimination. Read all about it in this column about unwanted identities.
Most of our identity work is "chronotopic" in nature: it is organized, regimented and ordered by specific timespace conditions. An awareness of this fact has implications for identity and culture theory.