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From the Publisher"His account helps organize and make sense of the seemingly disparate work from which the field of communication study emerged....This is an important contribution, both as a history and as a critique of the field's failure to adequately theorize communication in its social context."—Publishing Research Quarterly
"A breathtaking historical tour-de-force and creative synthesis of ideas that frame the key socio-political issues and cultural debates of our time."—George Gerbner, Dean Emeritus, The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
"Engages a wide range of communications and cultural theory extending from mainstream empirical research to British cultural studies. It provides a comprehensive and critical overview of the field which should be of great interest to those who wish to understand communications theory and the multifaceted roles of communications in the contemporary world."—Douglas Kellner, University of Texas at Austin.