Media, Culture and Society: An Introduction

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SAGE, Oct 15, 2010 - Social Science - 336 pages
'In his beautifully balanced, clear and broad-ranging account of a fast-changing field, Paul Hodkinson has successfully brought together myriad perspectives with which to critically analyse today's media culture and media society' - Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Media & communication, LSE

Clearly organized, systematic and combining a critical survey of the field with a finely judged assessment of cutting edge developments, this book provides a 'must have' contribution to media and communication studies.

The text is organized into three distinctive parts, which fall neatly into research and teaching requirements: Elements of the Media (which covers media technologies, the organization of the media industry, media content and media users); Media, Power and Control (which addresses questions of the media and manipulation, the construction of news, public service broadcasting, censorship, commercialization); and Media, Identity and Culture (which covers issues of the media and ethnicity, gender, subcultures, audiences and fans).

The book is notable for:

• Logical and coherent organization

• Clarity of expression

• Use of relevant examples

• Fair minded criticism

• Zestful powers of analysis

It has all of the qualities to be adopted as core introductory text in the large and buoyant field of media and communication studies.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
PART ONE ELEMENTS OF MEDIA
17
2 Media Technologies
19
3 Media Industry
40
4 Media Content
60
5 Media Users
82
PART TWO MEDIA POWER AND CONTROL
103
6 Media as Manipulation? Marxism and Ideology
105
Commercialization Fragmentation and Globalization
173
PART THREE MEDIA IDENTITY AND CULTURE
195
10 Media Ethnicity and Diaspora
197
11 Media Gender and Sexuality
219
Subcultures Fans and Identity Groups
243
13 Saturation Fluidity and Loss of Meaning
265
Glossary
285
References
300

7 The Construction of News
127
8 Public Service or Personal Entertainment? Controlling Media Orientation
150

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About the author (2010)

Paul Hodkinson is a sociologist whose work is focused upon youth cultures, online communications and on the relationships between media and cultural identities. He has conducted extensive research on goth subculture and is author of Goth. Identity, Style and Subculture (2002, Oxford: Berg). He is also co-editor of Youth Cultures: Scenes, Subcultures and Tribes (2007, London: Routledge).

He is currently researching young people's use of online communications - notably through social networking sites. He is based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey. He joined the department of sociology in August 2003. He was previously Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at University College Northampton and prior to that, he studied at the University of Birmingham at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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