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Media Repertoires

Media Repertoires

The landscape of the media has changed radically over the last decades. Alongside the “old”, partially modified media, users also have a multiplicity of new offers at their disposal. The DFG-supported project “Media Repertoires of Social Milieus as Subject to Medial Change – towards a Conceptual and Empirical Establishment of a Repertoire-oriented Approach to Research into Media Usage” concerns the question of how users assemble their personal repertoires from the entire offering in the media and how the gradually accreting media were integrated into existing repertoires.


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Project Description

In the context of the project, selected studies on media use (Massenkommunikation, Media Analyse, Typologie der Wünsche) are re-analysed as regards patterns of use across all media. The project’s central aim is to acquire and describe media repertoires: the nature of a repertoire reveals how the particular types of new and old media are combined and what functional differentiations can be observed. In the course of the project, the pertinent analyses are undertaken with three selected data-sources, in order to obtain in this way an insight into stable patterns of repertoire formation on the one hand, and to reveal individual results arising from the method of collection, on the other. Not only the current composition of media repertoires is noted but also their development over time.

The project is designed to link readily into further research directions. A linkage exists to research into the role of media in the everyday life of various population groups and is already to be addressed in the framework of a qualitative investigation within the planned project.

Project Information


Duration: 2006-2008

Third party

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Cooperation Partner

Contact person

Christiane Matzen, M. A.
Head of Science Communication

Christiane Matzen, M. A.

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17 41

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