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Universities (and Students) Barcelona (4) Grenoble (4) Brussels (VUB)(3) Hanover (3) Madrid (3) Stirling (3) Publication The University of Grenoble 3 (Institut d’Etudes Scientifiques Avancées) published a book, under the title of ‘Atélier doctoral d’été 1996, Histoire et espaces dans la société de consommation’ (Doctoral Workshops of Summer 1996. History and spaces in the consumer society) which was a collection of all the students’ contributions. The book had six sections: Reception of the programmes; Public Space; Methodologies, History and Comparative Studies; Communication Policies; Economy of the Communication; Other contributions.

W. ) Max Weber Essays. London: Routledge. Identity, contingency and rigidity. The (counter-)hegemonic constructions of the identity of the media professional1 Nico Carpentier 1. INTRODUCTION The question on the ‘who-ness’ or ‘what-ness’ of the media professional2 is one of the theoretical and empirical problems that have enjoyed extensive attention within the domain of communication studies. This article wants to make a contribution to the discussion about this identity (in Western Europe) by calling upon Laclau and Mouffe’s discourse theory (1985).

Antagonisms, as materialized in a variety of social struggles, thus provide 62 THE RESEARCHING AND TEACHING COMMUNICATION SERIES identification points that not only rupture the social but also structure (and, in a particular way, stabilize) it. When an antagonistic position (and its discourses and nodal points) starts to obtain social dominance, Laclau and Mouffe revert to the explicatory capacity of the Gramscian notion of hegemony. The objective of hegemonic projects is to construct and stabilize nodal points that are the basis of a social order, the main aim being to become a social imaginary, or the horizon that ‘is not one among other objects but an absolute limit which structures a field of intelligibility and is thus the condition of possibility of the emergence of any object’ (Laclau, 1990: 64).

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