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 realismpost-structuralist approaches to media and culturePierre Bourdieu and field theorypublic sphere theory - including post-Habermasian versionsactor 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.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 18 mm
'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
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