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Image and Influence
Studies in the Sociology of Film

ISBN 9781138992368
Published December 18, 2015 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

This text outlines what sociologists need to know of the nature of communication and of mass culture, while also looking in some empirical detail at the workings of the Hollywood community and the psychology of the star system. It explores trends such as attempts to adapt semiology and psycholinguistics to our understanding of film ‘language’, using them to develop a paradigm for film analysis. The book goes on to offer a guide to comprehension of the relation between cinema and society through detailed analysis of the relation between the German silent cinema and its social context and extensive discussion of popular genres like the western, gangster movie and horror movie. Seeing movies in terms of meaning, as reservoirs of culture which audiences may use for a variety purposes, this book uses a combination of sociological perspective and critical method to present a unique intriguing perspective.

Table of Contents

Preface  1. Forthcoming Attractions  2. Patterns of Communication  3. Movie Communicators  4. Movie Audiences  5. Movie Languages  6. Patterns of Culture  7. Cinema and Society: Film Movements  8. Cinema and Society: Popular Genres  9. Patterns of Change

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