The citizen's voice : Albert Hirschman's Exit, Voice and Loyalty and its contribution to media citizenship debates

Flew, Terry (2009) The citizen's voice : Albert Hirschman's Exit, Voice and Loyalty and its contribution to media citizenship debates. Media, Culture and Society, 31(6), pp. 977-994.

This is the latest version of this eprint.

View at publisher


This paper analyses Albert Hirschman's Exit, Voice and Loyalty (Hirschman 1970) as a basis for understanding the relationship between media and citizenship. It considers the significance of Hirschman's concept of voice in relation to media policy, media participation through user-created content, and the rise of 'citizen media' and 'citizen journalism'. It associates these developments with a 'de-centering' of both media practice and media studies, as considered by Couldry (2006a, 2006b). It concludes by suggesting that voice and participation, rather than citizenship, may constitute a more suitable foundation for understanding new digital media initiatives.

Impact and interest:

4 citations in Scopus
2 citations in Web of Science®
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

538 since deposited on 06 Jan 2011
52 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 39356
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: New media, citizen journalism, citizenship, Albert Hirschman, voice, user created content, media policy, media economics, participation, media studies
DOI: 10.1177/0163443709344160
ISSN: 0163-4437
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2011 01:06
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:05

Available Versions of this Item

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page