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Communication and Society

About the Series

This series encompasses the broad field of media and cultural studies. Its main concerns are the media and the public sphere: on whether the media empower or fail to empower popular forces in society; media organizations and public policy; political communication; and the role of media entertainment, ranging from potboilers and the human interest story to rock music and TV sport.

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Gender and Media Representing, Producing, Consuming

Gender and Media: Representing, Producing, Consuming

2nd Edition


By Tonny Krijnen, Sofie Van Bauwel
October 28, 2021

This thoroughly revised second edition provides a critical overview of the contemporary debates and discussions surrounding gender and mediated communication. The book is divided into three parts: representing, producing, and consuming, with each section made up of three chapters. The first ...

Journalism and Celebrity

Journalism and Celebrity

1st Edition

By Bethany Usher
October 19, 2020

This insightful book traces the development of journalism and celebrity and their relationship to and influence on political and social spheres from the beginnings of capitalist democracy in the 18th century to the present day. Journalism and Celebrity provides the first account of its kind, ...

Culture Wars The Media and the British Left

Culture Wars: The Media and the British Left

2nd Edition

By James Curran, Ivor Gaber, Julian Petley
July 04, 2018

Culture Wars investigates the relationship between the media and politics in Britain today. It focusses on how significant sections of the national press have represented and distorted the policies of the Labour Party, and particularly its left, from the Thatcher era up to and including Ed Miliband...

Misunderstanding News Audiences Seven Myths of the Social Media Era

Misunderstanding News Audiences: Seven Myths of the Social Media Era

1st Edition

By Eiri Elvestad, Angela Phillips
March 05, 2018

Misunderstanding News Audiences interrogates the prevailing myths around the impact of the Internet and social media on news consumption and democracy. The book draws on a broad range of comparative research into audience engagement with news, across different geographic regions, to provide insight...

An Introduction to Political Communication

An Introduction to Political Communication

6th Edition

By Brian McNair
June 22, 2017

At a time of radical shifts in power across the globe, the sixth edition of An Introduction to Political Communication examines the role of the media in the political process. Brian McNair reflects on the role of communication in key events such as the referendum vote for the UK’s withdrawal from ...

Communication and Citizenship Journalism and the Public Sphere

Communication and Citizenship: Journalism and the Public Sphere

1st Edition

By Peter Dahlgren, Colin Sparks
November 12, 1993

First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Media Ownership and Agenda Control The hidden limits of the information age

Media Ownership and Agenda Control: The hidden limits of the information age

1st Edition

By Justin Schlosberg
November 29, 2016

Media Ownership and Agenda Control offers a detailed examination of media ownership amidst the complexities of the information age, from the resurgence of press barons to the new influence wielded by internet giants. Much of the discussion pivots around recent revelations and controversies in the ...

Comparing Political Journalism

Comparing Political Journalism

1st Edition

Edited By Claes de Vreese, Frank Esser, David Nicolas Hopmann
July 26, 2016

Comparing Political Journalism is a systematic, in-depth study of the factors that shape and influence political news coverage today. Using techniques drawn from the growing field of comparative political communication, an international group of contributors analyse political news content drawn ...

Africa's Media Image in the 21st Century From the

Africa's Media Image in the 21st Century: From the "Heart of Darkness" to "Africa Rising"

1st Edition

Edited By Mel Bunce, Suzanne Franks, Chris Paterson
July 06, 2016

 Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century is the first book in over twenty years to examine the international media’s coverage of sub-Saharan Africa. It brings together leading researchers and prominent journalists to explore representation of the continent, and the production of that image, ...

Pluralism, Politics and the Marketplace The Regulation of German Broadcasting

Pluralism, Politics and the Marketplace: The Regulation of German Broadcasting

1st Edition

By Suzanne Hasselbach, Vincent Porter
May 26, 2016

Since the mid-1980s, broadcasting in the Federal Republic of Germany has been extensively re-regulated. The traditional duopoly of the public broadcasters Ard and ZDF has been challenged by new private networks in both radio and television. In two historic judgements handed down in 1986 and 1987, ...

Critical Communication Studies Essays on Communication, History and Theory in America

Critical Communication Studies: Essays on Communication, History and Theory in America

1st Edition

By Hanno Hardt
April 10, 1992

The development of communication studies has been a lively process of adoption and integration of theoretical constructs from Pragmatism, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies. Critical Communication Studies describes the intellectual and professional forces that have shaped research interests and ...

Misunderstanding the Internet

Misunderstanding the Internet

2nd Edition

By James Curran, Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman
February 09, 2016

The growth of the internet has been spectacular. There are now more than 3 billion internet users across the globe, some 40 per cent of the world’s population. The internet’s meteoric rise is a phenomenon of enormous significance for the economic, political and social life of contemporary societies...

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