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Handbook of New Media

Handbook of New Media
Student Edition

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Leah A Lievrouw - University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Sonia Livingstone - London School of Economics and Political Science, London School of Economics, UK, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

January 2006 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"This is the first major review of interactive technologies and their cultural and social context. This is more than a welcome addition to one's library; it is the authoritative overview of international research perspectives on interactive media technologies by leading scholars around the world."

-Ellen Wartella, University of Texas, Austin

"The Handbook of New Media is a landmark for the study of information and communication technologies within the field of communication. Its international team of editors and authors has brought together insights gained from over two decades of scholarly research. This indispensable reference demonstrates an increased maturity and stature for "new media" research within the field."

-William H. Dutton, University of Southern California

Thoroughly revised and updated, this Student Edition of the successful Handbook of New Media has been abridged to showcase the best of the hardback edition. This Handbook sets out boundaries of new media research and scholarship and provides a definitive statement of the current state-of-the-art of the field. Covering major problem areas of research, the Handbook of New Media includes an introductory essay by the editors and a concluding essay by Ron Rice. Each chapter, written by an internationally renowned scholar, provides a review of the most significant social research findings and insights.

New to this Student Edition:

  • Incorporates a reorganized format into three clearly-defined sections (culture and society; systems, design and industries; and institutions and governance) to make the material more accessible for students and easier to incorporate into course design
  • Provides updated chapters to combine classic studies and background material with latest developments in the field since the first edition appeared in 2002
  • Offers a new introduction by the editors to clearly lay out several main themes in new media studies and distinguish the field from and relative to mass media research, as well as providing instructors a guide for 'how to use the Handbook' in courses.
  • Includes re-titled chapters to reflect their central focus or topic and help students and instructors frame the diversity of material in the book

The First Edition of the Handbook immediately established itself as the central reference work in the field. This new revised edition offers students the most comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the area.

Part One: New Media, Culture and Society
Nancy Baym
Interpersonal Life Online
Nicholas W Jankowski
Creating Community with Media: History, Theories and Scientific Investigations
David Buckingham
Children and New Media
Ronald E Rice and Caroline Haythornthwaite
Perspectives on Internet Use
Access, Involvement and Interaction

Andrea B Hollingshead and Noshir S Contractor
New Media and Small Group Organizing
Mark Poster
Culture and New Media: A Historical View
Jennifer Daryl Slack and J Macgregor Wise
Cultural Studies and Communication Technology
Timothy W Luke
Power and Political Culture
Patrice Flichy
Part Two: Technology Systems, Design and Industries
New Media History
Sally J McMillan
Exploring Models of Interactivity from Multiple Research Traditions
Users, Documents, Systems

Susan Leigh Star and Geoffrey C Bowker
How to Infrastructure
Leah A Lievrouw
New Media Design and Development
Diffusion of Innovations vs Social Shaping of Technology

Philip Cooke
New Media and New Economy Cluster Dynamics
Terry Flew and Stephen McElhinney
Globalization and the Structure of New Media Industries
Heather E Hudson
Universal Access to the New Information Infrastructure
Stefaan G Verhulst
Part Three: New Media, Institutions and Governance
The Regulation of Digital Content
François Bar with Caroline Simard
From Hierarchies to Network Firms
Don Lamberton
New Media and the Economics of Information
Anders Henten and Knud Erik Skouby
New Media and Trade Policy
Bella Mody, Harry M Trebing and Laura Stein
The Governance of Media Markets
Laura Stein and Nikhil Sinha
New Global Media and The Role of the State
Frank Webster
The Information Society Revisited

Recommended text for anyone with a keen interest in understanding the new media and its social complexities.

Dr Hayes Mabweazara
Media and Performance, University College Falmouth
November 13, 2012

I'm happy to recommend this book on the reading list for general reference, but unfortunately the structure and content is not matching very well with the module I'm currently running. The 'Understanding Digital Media' book is more appropriate.

Dr Sylvie Magerstadt
School of Humanities, Hertfordshire University
October 9, 2012

A really useful introduction to the some of the core debates around new media by some of the leading scholars in the field

Dr Michael Skey
Sociology, University of East London
October 9, 2012

Good core text

Professor Stephen Stuart
School of Social Communication, Saint Paul University
September 17, 2012

Had the best combination of readings for a course combining quantitative/social science and qualitative/critical-cultural approaches to new-media study.

Dr D. Scott
Communication Studies Dept, Clemson University
January 3, 2011

Provides an excellent grounding in new media, though at times could offer a more critical perspective. As a basic textbook that maps the terrain, however, it is the perfect text

Dr Darren Lilleker
Bournemouth Media School, Bournemouth University
March 11, 2010

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