The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.
Key Concepts in Media and Communications
This book covers the key concepts central to understanding recent developments in media and communications studies. Its index also provides further points of entry. Wide-ranging in scope and accessible in style it sets out a useful, clear map of the important theories, methods and debates.
The entries critically explore the limits of a key concept as much as the traditions that define it. They include clear definitions, are introduced within the wider context of the field and each one:
is fully cross-referenced
is appropriately illustrated by the use of examples, tables and diagrams
provides a guide to further reading.
This book is an essential resource for students in media and communications and for those studying sociology, cultural sociology, cultural studies and sociology of media.
About the Author
Paul Jones is Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
David Holmes is a Lecturer in Communications and Media, Monash University
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations xii
Cultural form 36
Culture industry 47
Freedom of communication 80
Information society 120
Media effects 134
Mobile privatization 144
Moral panic 154
Network (society) 160
News values 165
Public sphere 182
Technological determinism 217
Time-space compression 222