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The Media and Social Theory : CRESC - David Hesmondhalgh

The Media and Social Theory


By: David Hesmondhalgh (Editor), Jason Toynbee (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 2008
ISBN: 9780415448000
Number Of Pages: 312

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Media studies needs richer and livelier intellectual resources. This book brings together major and emerging international media analysts to consider key processes of media change, using a number of critical perspectives. Case studies range from reality television to professional journalism, from blogging to control of copyright, from social networking sites to indigenous media, in Europe, North America, Asia and elsewhere. Among the theoretical approaches and issues addressed are:

  • critical realism

  • post-structuralist approaches to media and culture

  • Pierre Bourdieu and field theory

  • public sphere theory - including post-Habermasian versions

  • actor network theory

  • Marxist and post-Marxist theories, including contemporary critical theory

  • theories of democracy, antagonism and difference.

This volume is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers of cultural studies, media studies and social theory.

Industry Reviews

'At last media and social theory gets the collection of essays it deserves! This book not only maps out the field but is written by some of the most important contributors around today. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary times.' -- Nick Stevenson, University of Nottingham 'This collection not only refocuses us on the overarching questions for media and cultural studies, it should renew our faith in deep and creative theorizing about the mediated societies we have and the ones we ought to have. It is a pleasure to find so many leaders and emerging voices in the field so clearly in a mood to question theoretical orthodoxies old and new.' -- Chad Raphael, Santa Clara University 'Although there has been much discussion recently about the future of media studies, this collection of wonderfully insightful essays demonstrates that the future may be a great deal nearer than many had imagined. The Media and Social Theory is, therefore, with its compelling case for the importance of social theory, a "must read" volume for anyone who wishes to understand media and their analysis in the 21st century.' -- John Storey, University of Sunderland

Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Why media studies needs better social theoryp. 1
Power and democracyp. 25
Media and the paradoxes of pluralismp. 27
Neoliberalism, social movements and change in media systems in the late twentieth centuryp. 43
Recognition and the renewal of ideology critiquep. 59
Cosmopolitan temptations, communicative spaces and the European Unionp. 75
Spatial inequalitiesp. 93
Neoliberalism, imperialism and the mediap. 95
A contemporary Persian letter and its global purloining: The shifting spatialities of contemporary communicationp. 112
Rethinking the Digital Agep. 127
Media and mobility in a transnational worldp. 145
Spectacle and the selfp. 159
Form and power in an age of continuous spectaclep. 161
Spectacular morality: 'Reality' television, individualisation and the remaking of the working classp. 177
Variations on the branded self: Theme, invention, improvisation and inventoryp. 194
Media labour and productionp. 211
'Step away from the croissant': Media Studies 3.0p. 213
Sex and drugs and bait and switch: Rockumentary and the new model workerp. 231
Journalism: Expertise, authority, and power in democratic lifep. 248
Media making and social realityp. 265
Indexp. 280
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ISBN: 9780415448000
ISBN-10: 041544800X
Series: CRESC
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st July 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

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