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This definitive examination of a contemporary social issue asks questions such as: How much media violence is there? What are the meanings conveyed in the way violence is portrayed? What effect does it have on viewers?
Divided into four parts, the book reviews research on media violence; re-examines existing theories of media violence; considers methodological tools used to assess media, and introduces the concept of Lineation Theory, a perspective and new theoretical approach explaining media violence.
Overview and Introduction PART ONE: REVIEWING Theories of Media Violence Effects of Exposure to Media Violence Violent Content on Television PART TWO: RECONCEPTUALIZING Violence Schema and Context Levels of Analysis Development Effects Risk The Industry's Perspective PART THREE: RETHINKING METHODOLOGY Effects Methodologies and Methods Content Analysis of Media Violence PART FOUR: LINEATION THEORY Axioms and Dictionary Propositions