ISBN-10:
0195431405
ISBN-13:
9780195431407
Pub. Date:
04/25/2011
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Mediated Society: A Critical Sociology of Media / Edition 1

Mediated Society: A Critical Sociology of Media / Edition 1

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Overview

Mediated Society; A Crtical Sociology of Media examines how various forms of media influence individuals and society from a sociological perspective. From this unique standpoint the authors provide a fresh, sophisticated, in-depth analysis surrounding the role of media as it shapes social issues. The text discusses media and communication in urban, national, and global settings, as well as the power and structure of dominant mass media. A wide range of historical and current examples, along with international references for comparison, provide relevant illustrations for students. The text ends with two case studies that apply the material introduced throughout the book for a practical, real-life model to culminate students' reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195431407
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/25/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John D. Jackson is professor emeritus and former professor of sociology at Concordia University in Montreal. He is a senior research fellow with Concordia University's Centre for Broadcasting Studies and is currently a member of the Canadian Editorial Board of the Journal of Radio Studies. He is presently involved in research addressing issues of audiences and public spaces.

Greg M. Nielsen is professor of sociology and director of the Centre for Broadcasting Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. He has published numerous essays and co-edited a dozen special issues of journals on the themes of cultural studies, the sociology of media, social theory, and Canadian society. He is co-editor of Acts of Citizenship (London: Zed Press, 2008).

Yon Hsu received her PhD in Communication studies from Concordia University in Montreal in 2003. While currently working as a communication officer in the private sector, she continues to pursue her research interests in the areas of intercultural communication and ethics as a research fellow with Concordia University's Centre for Broadcasting Studies. She is presently involved in research addressing issues of global media representation and development in Asia.

Table of Contents

Detailed Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements

Part 1: Sociology, Communication, and Citizenship

Chapter 1: Sources for a Critical Sociology of Mediated Society
Introduction
Critical Sociology: Exposing the Gap Between Real and Imaginary Audiences
Media Centred Approaches
Decentred Approaches
Undoing Gender Norms
Summary
Enhanced Learning Activities
Annotated Further Reading
Useful Media

Chapter 2: The Public Sphere
Introduction
Public Spaces
Media and Public Spaces
The State and the Commercial Imperative
Summary
Enhanced Learning Activities
Annotated Further Reading
Notes

Chapter 3: Citizenship and Audiences
Introduction
Mediated Society as a Social System
Audiences: Real or Imagined?
Audiences through the lens of Social Research
The Media System And Responsibility
Summary
Enhanced Learning Activities
Annotated Further Reading
Useful Media
Notes

Chapter 4: Consumption and Advertising
Introduction
Consumption: The Paradoxical Phenomenon
The Marxist Perspective on Production and Consumption
Georg Simmel on Fashion and Urban Life
Leisure Class, Gender, and Conspicuous Consumption
Classical Sociology of Consumption: The Limitation
Cultural Capital and Social Class
Feminist Critiques: Gender, Political Economy, and Consumption
Advertising as Mass Communication
Michel de Certeau on Agency, Interpretation, and Advertising
Summary
Enhanced Learning Activities
Annotated Further Reading
Useful Media
Notes

Chapter 5: New Media, New World?
Introduction
New Media: A Contemporary Phenomenon
New Media: A Historical Phenomenon
The Sociological Imagination of New Media
TV: A Continued Debate
New Media and Political Violence
Summary
Enhanced Learning Activities
Annotated Further Reading
Useful Media
Notes

Part 2: Media Events and the Sociological Imagination

Chapter 6: Global Media Events
Introduction
What Is Globalization?
Framing the News
Global Media Events as Spectacles
Mediating Citizenship through Global Media Events
Missing Global Media Events
Dehumanization and Effacement
Missing News from the Global South
Summary
Enhanced Learning Activities
Annotated Further Reading
Useful Media

Chapter 7: National Media Events
Introduction
Multinational Canada and Public Broadcasting
A Double-Faced Janus: National Media, Social Order, and Disorder
English Canada: A Mediated Absent Nation
Multicultural Framing: Common Memories and National Histories
Summary
Enhanced Learning Activities
Annotated Further Reading
Useful Media

Chapter 8: Urban Media Events
Introduction
Seriocomedy, Newspapers, and the Well-Ordered City
National Public Broadcasting the Cultures of Urban Laughter
Toronto and the Absent Nation
Amalgamation Debates: Normal Disorder of the City?
Montreal and the Absent Region
Cross-over Voices
Summary
Enhanced Learning Activities
Annotated Further Reading
Useful Media
Notes

Part 3: Social Problems through Journalism and Media

Chapter 9: Reporting on Social Problems
Introduction
What Makes a Problem Social?
Reporting on Social Problems
Social Problems Imagined through Entertainment
Summary
Enhanced Learning Activities
Annotated Further Reading
Useful Media
Notes

Chapter 10: Reporting on Poverty in Montreal
Introduction
Les Bougons: Seriocomedy and Poverty
Studying Newspapers: Frame Analysis and Keyword Search
Direct Talk in the Press: 'The Poorest of the Poor'
'Our TV Poor' are at Peace
Journalistic Polemics on Politicians, Developers, and the State
Seriocomedy as Anarchy: Against the Common Good
Indirect Talk: Journalistic Accounts of Poor Reporting on Poor
Summary
Enhanced Learning Activities
Annotated Further Reading
Useful Media
Notes

Chapter 11: Reporting Immigration in New York City
Introduction
On US Immigration and New York City
What Is Conditional Hospitality?
Just, Unjust, and Extreme
Multicultural Practices and Changing Faces
Governance: Official Discourse and Political Shocks
Social Movements: The Astonishment of Social Solidarity
How Can Public Journalism Reduce the Gap?
Summary
Enhanced Learning Activities
Annotated Further Reading
Useful Media

Glossary
References
Index
Part 1: Sociology, Communication, and Citizenship
1. Sources for a Critical Sociology of Mediated Society
2. The Public Sphere
3. Citizenship and Audiences
4. Consumption and Advertising
5. New Media, New World?
6. Global Media Events
7. National Media Events
8. Urban Media Events
9. reporting on Social Problems
10. Reporting on Poverty in Montreal
11. Reporting Immigration in New York City

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