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Overview

This widely used study has become the leading international textbook on the media. Written by distinguished academics from around the world, the book provides an invaluable guided tour through three key areas of debate: DT theories of media and society DT the study of media organizations DT debates about culture, ideology and democracy. This fourth edition has been fully updated and contains 13 new chapters on key topics, ranging from post-feminism to war journalism as entertainment. Above all, it offers a number of alternative views on the changing role of the media in the era of globalization, new communication technology, the war on terror, the advance of women and increasing economic inequality.

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"The theme of globalization is of paramount importance, with various contributors describing its positive & negative impacts in terms of media access & influence."—Sociological Abstracts

"An original contribution to media studies. Beautifully organized, well written and incisive."—James Carey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"The best collection of current thinking in the field."—Elihu Katz, Israel Institute of Applied Social Research

"A valuable and stimulating collection for students of the mass media—a very worthy successor to the editors' earlier influential Mass Communication and Society."—David Morley, Goldsmiths" College, University of London

"An original contribution to media studies. Beautifully organized, well written and incisive. Professor James Carey, Columbia University, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340884997
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

James Curran is a Professor of Communications at Goldsmith's College, University of London, UK.

Michael Gurevitch is a former Professor, College of Journalism, University of Maryland, USA.

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Table of Contents

1 Critical debates in Internet studies : reflections on an emerging field 9
2 Feminism without men : feminist media studies in a post-feminist age 29
3 Representation, reality and popular culture : semiotics and the construction of meaning 46
4 Culture, communications and political economy 60
5 Globalization and national media systems : mapping interactions in policies, markets and formats 84
6 Rethinking the study of political communication 104
7 Mediations of democracy 122
8 The production of media entertainment 153
9 Four approaches to the sociology of news 172
10 The culture of journalism 198
11 Comparing media systems 215
12 Media policy in the Middle East : a reappraisal 234
13 Media and democracy without party competition 251
14 Selling neo-imperial conflicts : television and US public diplomacy 271
15 The information society debate revisited 287
16 Comparative ethnography of new media 303
17 National prisms of a global 'media event' 320
18 Women and race in feminist media research : intersections, ideology and invisibility 336
19 Viewing and reviewing the audience : fashions in communication research 356
20 Political communication in a changing world 375
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