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Communication, Cultural and Media Studies

The Key Concepts, 4th Edition

By John Hartley


276 pages

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This fourth edition of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies: The Key Concepts is an indispensible guide to the most important terms in the field. It offers clear explanations of the key concepts, exploring their origins, what they’re used for and why they provoke discussion. The author provides a multi-disciplinary explanation and assessment of the key concepts, from ‘authorship’ to ‘censorship’; ‘creative industries’ to ‘network theory’; ‘complexity’ to ‘visual culture’.

  • The new edition of this classic text includes:
  • Over 200 entries including 50 new entries
  • All entries revised, rewritten and updated
  • Coverage of recent developments in the field
  • Insight into interactive media and the knowledge-based economy
  • A fully updated bibliography with 400 items and suggestions for further reading throughout the text


Hartley is no chump; he’s a wry guide and a puckish professor, embodying the young-old spirit of the discipline he has inhabited and informed for decades - Will Brooker, Times Education Supplement

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List of Concepts Preface to the Fourth Edition Introduction The Concepts References Index

About the Author

John Hartley AM is Research Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, and Distinguished Professor of Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He is author of many books and articles on television, journalism, cultural studies and the creative industries. Recent books include The Uses of Digital Literacy (2009), Television Truths (2008), Creative Industries (ed., 2005), and A Short History of Cultural Studies (2003).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies