The Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Media

The Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Media

by John B. Thompson
     
 

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In this major new work Thompson addresses these and other questions by elaborating a distinctive social theory of communication media and their impact.

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In this major new work Thompson addresses these and other questions by elaborating a distinctive social theory of communication media and their impact.

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“Thompson is foremost among sociologists to grasp and assess the importance of the mass media in modern social theory. He does so in this . . . fresh and compelling story of modernity. Thompson writes with tremendous scope, insight, and precision.”—James Lull, San Jose State University

"Thompson is foremost among sociologists in grasping and assessing the importance of the mass media in modern social life. He does so in this stimulating new book by moving back and forth systematically between analyses of concrete historical development and discussions of social theory in a way that tells a fresh and compelling story of modernity. As always, Thompson writes with tremendous scope, insight, and precisions. His thoughtful historical accounts and engaging theoretical arguments are matched by an insistent optimism which recognized that, while symbolic power has structured, institutional origins, the social consequences of the media are neither automatic nor apocalyptic."
—James Lull
,San Jose State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804726788
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.19(d)

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John B. Thompson is Reader in Sociology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge.

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