A new issue of CJCS: Spring is here

On time, the spring issue of the Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies is now on-line available. The table of contents introduces four Articles, two Viewpoints and one work for the Gateway section. The issue is ended suitably by a set of book reviews, on the last in the field. This issue is leaded by the article from Fernando Sánchez-Costa on the street names policy in Barcelona during the Republican Barcelona (1931-1936). Taking a clear cultural studies approach, Sánchez-Costa (UIC) exposes that street names are, at the end, a tapestry of memory. There is an accurate work on archives and publications from these years, which offers an idea of how street names were adopted and accepted or proposed by the citizens.

The second article in the issue is on the mediatization of knowledge. The research team composed by Anna Cros, Margarida Bassols, Gemma Brunat and Carla González, settled in UAB, publishes fresh results of a discourse analysis carried on the popular science programme Qui, què, com (Who, what, how, TVC). The results point out the discursive strategies to give legitimacy, credibility, intellectual and emotional engagement. This work is followed by Carlota Coronado and José Carlos Rueda Laffond article on the representations of Franco’s Spain in television. These colleagues, working at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, are offering a revision of the historical evocation in such programmes like Cuéntame cómo pasó (Tell me how it happened, TVE). Coronado and Rueda Laffond are giving a broad view on the mediatization of memory. Finally, Article’s section is completed by the work from a young team of scholars working on the audience motivations to donate in telethons, taking the case study of La marató de TV3. La Marató de TV3 is a huge media event which in 2011 collected almost 9 million euros to research and work on transplants and organ regeneration. Each year, the telethon is devoted to one social health problem. The research explores what are the reasons that brings audience to donate to such programmes.

The 4.1 issue is also offering the regular sections of Viewpoint and Gateway. In the first case, it publishes an article by Bernat López on the transformations of the journalism and other media and communication practice in Catalonia. The section is also offering an interview with Joan Manuel Tresserras, professor at the UAB and ex-minister of Culture of the Catalan Government, by Enric Castelló. The article of Rafael Xambó on the media in the Valencian Country is closing the issue before a set of reviews, in which they are considered books from Richard Maltby, Daniel Biltereyst, Philipe Meers, Víctor Sampedro, Juan Luis Gonzalo, Jordi Farré, José Luis Castro, Josetxo Cerdan, José Carlos Rueda Laffond, Carlota Coronado, Nico Carpentier, David George, Lorenzo J. Torres and Jaume Morató.

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