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Media and Cultural Theory - James Curran

Media and Cultural Theory

By: James Curran (Editor), David Morley (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2005
ISBN: 9780415317047
Number Of Pages: 324

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Containing new thinking and original surveys, Media & Cultural Theory brings together leading international scholars to address key issues and debates within media and cultural studies.


Through the use of contemporary media and film texts such as Bridget Jones' Diary and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and using case studies of the USA and the UK after September 11th, James Curran and David Morley examine central topics including:


  • media representations of the new woman in contemporary society

  • the creation of self in lifestyle media

  • the nature of globalization

  • the rise of digital actors and media.


Ideal as a course reader, with each essay covering a different major area or advance in original research, Media & Cultural Theory is global in its reach. Through its engagement with broad questions, it is an invaluable book that can be applied to the studies of media and cultural studies students the English-speaking world over.

List of contributorsp. x
Acknowledgementp. xiv
Editors' introductionp. 1
Media, modernity and globalisationp. 15
The 'poetics' of communicationp. 19
Globalisation and cultural imperialism reconsidered: old questions in new guisesp. 30
The push and pull of global culturep. 44
Post-feminism and popular culture: Bridget Jones and the new gender regimep. 59
Media, community and dialoguep. 71
A nation and its immigration: the USA after September 11p. 75
Thinking experiences: transnational media and migrants' mindsp. 86
Peckham tales: Mass Observation and the modalities of communityp. 100
Media as conversation, conversation as mediap. 115
Media power, ideology and marketsp. 127
Media and cultural theory in the age of market liberalismp. 129
Placing promotional culturep. 149
International agreements and the regulation of world communicationp. 164
Transvaluing media studies: or, beyond the myth of the mediated centrep. 177
Cultural production, consumption and aestheticsp. 195
Rethinking creative production away from the cultural industriesp. 197
'Inventing the psychological': lifestyle magazines and the fiction of autonomous selfhoodp. 209
Discussing quality: critical vocabularies and popular television dramap. 221
New technologies and cultural formsp. 233
Doing technoscience as ('new') mediap. 235
Synthespians among us: rethinking the actor in media work and media theoryp. 250
Digital film and 'late' capitalism: a cinema for heroes?p. 263
Internet transformations: 'old' media resilience in the 'new media' revolutionp. 275
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9780415317047
ISBN-10: 0415317045
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 1st December 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1