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Overview

'…a great book, exciting, and very clearly written' - Klaus Schönbach, University of Amsterdam

'This is an excellent book that provides students with a broad series of summary outlines of key thinkers on media and communication, without conflating the two terms' - Michael Pickering, University of Loughborough

Magisterial in scope, Media and Communication traces the historical development of media and communication studies. Media Studies itself has a short history but many antecedents, and in this comprehensive and compelling book, Paddy Scannell sets out to describe and analysize its formulation in North American and Europe.

'This is an excellent book that provides students with a broad series of summary outlines of key thinkers on media and communication, without conflating the two terms' Magisterial in scope, traces the historical development of media and communication studies. Media Studies itself has a short history but many antecedents, and in this comprehensive and compelling book, Paddy Scannell sets out to describe and analysize its formulation in North American and Europe.

Media and Communication:

- Offers an accessible and comprehensive analysis of the development of media and communication theory

- Includes a summary outline of all the key thinkers

- Looks at the study of communication across a range of disciplines—history, literature, sociology, philosophy and linguistics

- Challenges readers to engage with the central importance of communication.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412902694
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/21/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paddy Scannell worked for many years at the University of Westminster (London) where he and his colleagues established, in 1975, the first undergraduate degree program in Media Studies in the UK. He is a founding editor of Media, Culture and Society which began publication in 1979 and is now issued six times yearly. He is the author of A Social History of British Broadcasting, 1922-1939 which he wrote with David Cardiff, editor of Broadcast Talk and author of Radio, Television and Modern Life. He is currently working on a trilogy. The first volume, Media and Communication, was published in June 2007. Professor Scannell is now working on the second volume, Television and the Meaning of 'Live.' The third volume, Love and Communication, is in preparation. His research interests include broadcasting history and historiography, the analysis of talk, the phenomenology of communication and culture and communication in Africa.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: THE MASSES
Mass communication: Lazarsfeld, Adorno, Merton
USA, 1930s and 1940s
Mass culture: Horkheimer, Adorno, Brecht, Benjamin
Germany/USA, 1930s and 1940s
The end of the masses: Merton, Lazarsfeld, Riesman, Katz
USA, 1940s and 1950s
PART TWO: EVERYDAY LIFE
Culture and communication: Leavis, Hoggart, Williams
England, 1930s-1950s
Communication and technology: Innis, Mc Luhan
Canada, 1950s-1960s
Communication as interaction: Goffman and Garfinkel
USA, 1950s-1970
PART THREE: COMMUNICATIVE RATIONALITY AND IRRATIONALITY
Communication and language: Austin, Grice, Sacks, Levinson
UK/USA, 1950s-1970s
Communication as ideology: Hall
UK, 1960s and 1970s
Communication and publicness: Habermas
Germany (USA/UK), 1950s-1990s
Conclusion

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