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Giorgos Aggelopoulos, Alexandros Baltzis

In Research in the Sociology of Education. Present and Perspectives, pp. 451-456.
Conference Proceedings (Ioannina, October 16-17, 2014)
Editors: Theodoros V. Thanos, Andromahi Bouna, Efthimios Tolios
Ioannina (Greece): Department of Pre-School Education (University of Ioannina)
Hellenic Sociological Society, 2015
ISBN: 978-960-233-216-0




The international university rankings presented in the public sphere support the argumentation for making specific decisions about the higher education system. In this paper, the construction and the representation of the international university rankings by the Greek press is analyzed.

Based upon the method of the critical discourse analysis, on measurements of the infotainment dimensions of the way these rankings are presented, as well as on measurement of indices for impartiality and completeness, an analysis of a sample of journalistic articles published in the daily press resulted in several interesting findings.

The international rankings presented in the Greek press in a way that supports the construct of a series of negative stereotypes about the higher education system in Greece, as well as a series of social stereotypes about what success means in the academic field.


Maria Manolika, Alexandros Baltzis, Nikolaos Tsigilis

American Journal of Applied Psychology, 2015, volume 3, issue 1, pp. 1-5
DOI: 10.12691/ajap-3-1-1



Motives are the driving forces behind all human behaviors and act as internal factors that arouse, direct and integrate a person's activity. In the field of cultural consumption, the crucial role of motivation in people's behavior has not been yet examined thoroughly.

This paper examines research findings focusing on the scales used to identify the main motives for cultural consumption and explores the theories explaining cultural consumer motivations. 94 research articles published in English-speaking scholarly journals are reviewed. The measurements scales found as well as their theoretical backgrounds are compared and analyzed.

The conclusions of this paper can be used as a reference guide to current cultural motivation research. It is recommended to create a universal scale for measuring consumer motivation, by adopting quantitative as well as qualitative instruments. The limitations of this analysis are also discussed and recommendations for future research are suggested.


Darjhava i grajhdanstvo pri usloviyata na globalizatsiyata
(In Bulgarian: Държава и гражданство при условията на глобализацията)

In the collective volume Foundations of Political Sociology
(Osnovi na Politicheskata Sotsiologiya - Основи на политическата социология)
Editor: Dimitrina Petkova Naneva
Plovdiv: Press of the Plovdiv University "P. Hilendarski", 2014, pp. 360-397



In this chapter – designed for undergraduate students – the state and citizenship are examined in terms of the effects and consequences of globalization and in the context of the most important sociological views on these issues. The key dimensions of globalization and its implications for the state and citizenship are described and analyzed. The chapter presents the main theories on globalization and the various approaches to analyze and understand this process.

Particular emphasis is given to both the changes in the functions of the nation-state and in the perceptions of sovereignty and citizenship in circumstances where the interdependence, the interrelations and the interactions among different states and societies are intensified to an unprecedented degree, as the flows of goods, capitals, people, technologies, knowledge and information, are accelerated to such an extent that time and space are condensed.

In this context, the concept of territory – fundamental for the traditional liberal conception about the state and citizenship – acquires a new meaning, and this is also considered in this chapter. Finally, the chapter considers the institutional and organizational dimensions of the global politics and governance and presents the debates about different forms of globalization and global governance.


Politicheska komunikatsiya, massmedii i obsthestveno mnenie
(In Bulgarian: Политическа комуникация, масмедии и обществено мнение)

In the collective volume Foundations of Political Sociology
(Osnovi na Politicheskata Sotsiologiya - Основи на политическата социология)
Editor: Dimitrina Petkova Naneva
Plovdiv: Press of the Plovdiv University "P. Hilendarski", 2014, pp. 337-359



This chapter – designed for undergraduate students – addresses the multifaceted interaction between the field of politics and that of the mass media from a sociological point of view. It outlines the basic principles of the sociological theory and research on political communication, the public sphere, and public opinion. It analyzes both the technically mediated political communication, and the political importance of the media, and describes their development during the twentieth century.

The chapter presents briefly the main theories about the influence of the mass media on the political process and the public opinion. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of the media for the functioning of democracy, as well as on their close relationship and interaction with the political and economic systems. The chapter highlights particularly the specific effects of the mass media on the functions and dysfunctions of these systems, considering their contribution to the social processes and social change developed during the recession in Greece and taking also into account the new media in various cases, like Wikileaks and the Arab Spring.


Alexandros Baltzis, Christos Barboutis

Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 2013, 20(1): 53-67
DOI: 10.1080/19376529.2013.777730
Taylor & Francis, ISSN: 1937-6529 (Print), 1937-6537 (Online)



This paper examines the hypothesis that the webcasting radio opens several new possibilities for fulfilling the expectations that the traditional over-the-air radio failed to meet. Considering the complexities of radio as a social system for the production of culture and for communication, and based on an overview of the Greek case, it suggests a model for studying the potential and the dynamics of the webcasting radio compared with the traditional radio in various media environments.

The model suggested includes eight dimensions that should be considered to compare the traditional with the webcasting radio: institutional framework, market structures and business models, content diversity, audience profile, interactivity, sociability, relations with the recording industry, and relations with major news media and organizations.

The analysis shows that a complex approach is needed to explore the potential and the dynamics of the webcasting radio and to answer the question about the chances for the webcasting radio to realize the expectations for democratization of and participation in the public sphere.

The paper holds that this question is important not only from an academic point of view, but also for policy decision makers - especially at a time of reducing democracy - and for producers interested in alternative forms of cultural production and communication, beyond the mainstream media.