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Key Concepts in Media and Communications



© 2012 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book covers the key concepts central to understanding recent developments in media and communications studies. Wide-ranging in scope and accessible in style it sets out a useful, clear map of the important theories, methods, and debates.

The entries critically explore the limits of a key concept as much as the traditions that define it. They include clear definitions, are introduced within the wider context of the field and each one is fully cross-referenced, is clearly illustrated with relevant examples, and provides a guide to further reading and an index.

This book is an essential resource for students in media and communications and for those studying sociology, cultural sociology, cultural studies, and sociology of media.

 
Articulation
 
Audience
 
Broadcasting
 
Capitalism
 
Communication(s)
 
Convergence
 
Criticism/Critique
 
Cultural Form
 
Culture
 
Culture Industry
 
Cyberculture
 
Deconstruction
 
Digital
 
Discourse
 
Embodiment
 
Encoding/Decoding
 
Freedom of Communication
 
Genre
 
Globalization
 
Hegemony
 
Ideology
 
Identity
 
Image
 
Influence
 
Information Society
 
Interactivity
 
Mass
 
Media Effects
 
Media/Medium
 
Mobile Privatization
 
Modern
 
Moral Panic
 
Network (Society)
 
News Values
 
Popular/Populist
 
Postmodernism
 
Public Sphere
 
Regulation
 
Ritual
 
Sign
 
Simulacra
 
Tabloidization
 
Technoculture
 
Technological Determinism
 
Time/Space Compression

A sprightly, critical and intelligent guided tour around the mansion of media and communications/cultural research. It will be enormously useful for students and researchers around the world
James Curran
Professor of Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London



A highly comprehensive guide to core concepts in media theory and criticism that is ensured of becoming a much-cited source
Andrew GoodwinProfessor of Media Studies, The University of San Francisco (aka Professor of Pop)


This is a comprehensive, engaging and accessible book of concepts that every undergraduate and postgraduate should have. I have recommended to my M & D students. Rather surprisingly it has also assisted them with their methodology and applied research. A very necessary investment.

Professor Beschara Karam
Department of Communicatin Science, University of South Africa
February 12, 2015

A great resource for new under-grads and something I urge my students to buy and use as a hand first 'port of call' throughout their studeis.

Dr Paul Smith
School of Media & Cultural Production, De Montfort University
May 7, 2013

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