Towards Theory-Building: ‘Constructing Grounded Theory’ and Media Policy Ethnography

Preeti Raghunath (Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication)

  • Date: 16 JUNE 2021  from 17:00 to 18:30

  • Event location: Online | Zoom

  • Type: BIT-ACT Seminar Series

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Talk Description

This conversation draws on an ethnography of media policymaking across four countries of South Asia, to illuminate the use of Kathy Charmaz’s ‘Constructing Grounded Theory’ (2006), towards theory-building for media policy studies. Conducted over three years, the ethnography was useful in understanding the politics of policymaking for community radio in four countries of South Asia. Drawing on the utility and shortcomings of popular policy analysis frameworks, I attempt to showcase the building of an inclusive heuristic using data emerging from the media policy ethnography.

About the speaker

Preeti Raghunath is an Assistant Professor at the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC), Pune. Her doctoral research was an ethnographic study of policymaking for community radio across four countries of South Asia. She is the author of 'Community Radio Policies in South Asia: A Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach', published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020. She serves as a Vice-Chair of the Global Media Policy Working Group of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).