Combining a critical survey of the field with a finely judged assessment of cutting-edge developments, this second edition cements its reputation as the 'must have' text for any undergraduate student studying media and communication studies.
With over 40,000 copies sold, Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice has been the indispensable guide to studying culture for generations of students, pulling key concepts, theories and thinkers in one comprehensive, authoritative yet accessible resource.
A new edition of Lucy Kung's popular guide to change and decision-making in the media industries. Full of detailed contemporary case studies on BuzzFeed, The Guardian, Netflix, the New York Times, the BBC and more.
This book equips students with the critical thinking they need to understand the complexities and contradictions of social media and make informed judgements. The Second Edition explores the sharing economy of Uber and Airbnb and social media in China.
The most recent edition of the pre-eminent text in mass communication theory. Nothing else in the field is as comprehensive, as authoritative, or as popular. A market leading text from a world renowned author.
A popular, student-friendly introduction to the interdisciplinary fields of media, culture and society. A cutting edge book aimed at large, introductory undergradute courses in media, communication, cultural studies, and sociology departments.
Is Man the only animal that laughs? Why are clowns so scary? Do jokes make children more intelligent? Are men funnier than women? Can God take a joke? What's brown and sticky? This work takes a tour of the strange and wonderful world of jokes - to find out what's funny and why. With over 400 of the best jokes it is a lesson in joke-making.
This edited collection offers the latest research into the reproduction of `hegemonic' discourse and the ways in which the description and evaluation of social groups affects their ability to exercise cultural and political autonomy.
Gives useful strategies for conducting a study, including the need for introspection, the struggles of the budding ethnographic writer, the practical problems in explaining results of this method to outsiders, and the moral and ethical issues that get raised in this form of research.
Offers a comic spoof of the consumer-product catalogues. This title is illustrated throughout in the shape and style of catalogues that offer you the chance to buy machines that stamp your initials onto golf balls or allow you to warm you slippers electronically before putting them on.
Seaton neither harks back to a lost golden age, nor presumes that more news is necessarily better news. This is a celebration of the media, which, despite all its problems, we must embrace as an essential part of a free society.
This book applies insights from the spheres of academic scholarship and clinical experience to demonstrate the usefulness of psychoanalysis for developing nuanced and innovative approaches to media and cultural analysis.
This book is a pragmatic guide to both gathering and analysing media data and helps readers make sense of how media are involved in politics, by bringing media research to life with vivid case studies.
Illustrated with examples from a range of fields and disciplines, as well as the author's own work on hacking cultures and cultural activism, this title is a must for anyone wanting to learn about narrative networks and how to conduct successful narrative research in a modern age.
This text is organised around basic questions related to intercultural interaction, it explores how culture and communication are intimately related. The author explores topics such as the roles of rituals and social dramas, and he provides an extensive and relevant discussion of different world views.
This book provides a clear and concise introduction to the concept of consumption and to the wide--ranging debates about the nature and consequences of consumer society. Community and social class appear to be in irreversible decline.
'Clearly written, with careful signposting of relevant debates, this reader in the "critical tradition" is a model of an introductory cultural and media studies text... the writing is accessible, the concepts and arguments are sophisticated, and the tone is one of committed engagement' - Media International Australia
"Media Psychology" examines the impact that 21st century media use has on human behaviour, from teenage crushes on pop stars to soap fandom in adulthood. It brings together North American communication research with European media research in a variety of disciplines.
Brings together writings by an international team to provide an overview of the theories and methodologies that have produced this most interdisciplinary of fields. This title tackles a variety of central concepts and controversies, organized into six areas of study: foundations, production, media content, media audiences, effects, and futures.
How do you measure human behaviour? All of us observe human behaviour everyday, but individual habits can make large research studies difficult to design and conduct. In this accessible introductory textbook, Holt and Walker survey a wide range of research methods and demonstrate how to use them in a series of practical experiments.
Investigates the wave of rudeness that threatens to overwhelm us. In this book, the author travels the world, visiting our rudest critics, interviewing psychologists, a limo driver called Jose and at least one expert in cooked meat production. It also explores into the way humans work and why it is surely time for an anti-rudeness revolution.
From the anti-vaccination movement to citizen blogging to uninformed attacks on GMOs, the nation has witnessed a surge in intellectual egalitarianism. While increased access to information undoubtedly brings some societal benefits, the leap to enlightenment that millions of lightly educated people believe they make after scouring WebMD or Wikipedia undermines established sources of knowledge.
A collection of essays that explores the myths of mass culture. It deciphers the symbols and signs embedded deep in familiar aspects of modern life, unmasking the hidden ideologies and meanings which implicitly affect our thought and behaviour.
What does the BBC mean to us now? What are the threats to its continued existence? Is it worth fighting for? This book traces its origins, celebrating the early pioneering spirit and unearthing forgotten characters whose imprint can still be seen on the BBC. It explores how it forged ideas of Britishness both at home and abroad.
A textbook-toolkit that teaches students the basics of cultural theory by unpacking its complexities with real-life examples and student focused pedagogy. Goes beyond showing how others have analysed and interpreted the world to demonstrate to students how to do cultural theory themselves
Focusing on McLuhan's work, this title traces the systematic development of his thought. It intends to clarify McLuhan's thinking, to consolidate it in a fashion which prevents misreadings, and to open the way to advancing his own program: ensuring that the world does not sleepwalk into the twenty-first century with nineteenth-century perceptions.
A cutting-edge, student focused introduction to the broad field of media, culture and society. Louw and Carah critically explore the emergence of interactive, social and mobile media, alongside established questions of production, content and participation.