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Many people have supported us and our work over the years, and we are grateful for their inspiration and guidance. Carr and Thésée thank Joe Kincheloe and Shirley Steinberg for introducing them to the world of critical media literacy, and Hoechsmann expresses the same to Suzanne de Castell and Roger I. Simon. We acknowledge the scholarship and friendship of these terrific colleagues here in this book.

We also wish to thank the contributors who have collaborated on this book, who represent a number of regions around the world, and with whom we have enjoyed working on this project.

Carr and Thésée recognize the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for supporting their research project entitled Democracy, Political Literacy and Transformative Education, which connects directly with the book. Similarly, Hoechsmann acknowledges the support of the recently concluded SSHRC grant entitled Youth Digital Media Ecologies for opening vistas to media activist practice nationally and internationally.

We have all benefited from support from our individual universities as well as colleagues in our departments. Our colleagues in the Paulo Freire special interest group at AERA and elsewhere have also been supportive and inspirational.

Michel Lokhorst and Jolanda Karada at Brill | Sense have, as always, provided wonderful support and guidance in bringing the project to fruition. The UNESCO Chair in Democracy, Global Citizenship and Transformative Education (DCMÉT), of which the three editors are involved as Chair-holder, Co-Chair, and Member of the National Advisory Committee, respectively, has also played a role in supporting this project, especially as it engages more intensively with media literacy and media engagement in relation to democracy and education. Hoechsmann has also benefited from six years of involvement with the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy caucus. We are extremely pleased to continue collaborating with UNESCO colleagues on critical media literacy work.

Lastly, we acknowledge and thank two of our research assistants—Eloy Rivas-Sanchez and Lauren Howard—who played an integral role in organizing this book.

Democracy 2.0

Media, Political Literacy and Critical Engagement


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