Understanding Media Cultures: Social Theory and Mass Communication / Edition 1

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This fascinating and lucid book provides an overview of the ways in which social theories of contemporary society have tried to deal with the place of the media in the production and reproduction of culture. Nick Stevenson illuminates the relationship between general social theory and the range of communication theories of the medium and the message - concepts of media production, communication and reception.

Understanding Media Cultures highlights the work of individual theorists including Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall, J[um]urgen Habermas, Marshall Mc Luhan, Frederic Jameson and Jean Baudrillard. The author also covers important traditions of media analysis from feminism, cultural studies and audience research. Show

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The new edition of a text on the sociology of the media. The work presents an overview of a number of theoretical critiques of the mass media, with chapters on Marxism, Habermas, critical audience studies, Marshall McLuhan, Baudrillard, and newer upstart theories. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803989313
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/19/1995
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

I finished my Ph D in SPS at Cambridge University in 1991 on links between the New Left and questions of culture, ideology and politics. Between 1991 and 2001 I worked as a lecturer in the Department of Sociological Studies at Sheffield University. During that time I published Culture, Ideology and Socialism (1995), Understanding Media Cultures (1995), The Transformation of the Media (1999), Making Sense of Men's Lifestyle Magazines (2001) and an edited collection Culture and Citizenship (2001).I was appointed Senior Lecturer in Sociology in Nottingham in 2001. I have also published Cultural Citizenship (2003) and David Bowie: Fame, Sound and Vision (2006). I am also currently on the editorial board of the BSA journal Cultural Sociology and Keywords. Most recently I published book length studies on Education and Cultural Citizenship (2011) and Freedom (2012). My most recent research aims to explore the relationships between European modernity and culture and I have been looking at issues related the the European Enlightenment, the future of social democracy, jazz music and human rights.

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Table of Contents

Marxism and Mass Communication Research
Debates within Political Economy and Ideology - Raymond Williams, Glasgow University Media Group and Stuart Hall
Habermas, Mass Culture and the Public Sphere
Critical Perspectives within Audience Research
Problems in Interpretation, Agency, Structure and Ideology
Marshall Mc Luhan and the Cultural Medium
Space, Time and Implosion in the Global Village
Baudrillard's Blizzards
Postmodernity, Mass Communications and Symbolic Exchange
Perspectives in Media Cultures and Social Theory

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