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Introduction to Communication Studies

3rd Edition

By John Fiske


248 pages

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Paperback: 9780415596497
pub: 2010-09-29
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This revised edition of a now classic text includes a new introduction by Henry Jenkins, explaining ‘Why Fiske Still Matters’ for today’s students, followed by a discussion between former Fiske students Ron Becker, Elana Levine, Darrell Newton and Pamela Wilson on the theme of ‘Structuralism and Semiotics, Fiske-Style’. Both underline the continuing relevance of this foundational text in communication studies.

How can we study communication? What are the main theories and methods of approach?

This classic text provides a lucid, accessible introduction to the main authorities in the field of communication studies, aimed at students coming to the subject for the first time. It outlines a range of methods of analysing examples of communication, and describes the theories underpinning them. Thus armed, the reader will be able to tease out the latent cultural meanings in such apparently simple communications as news photos or popular TV programmes, and to see them with new eyes.


"Shows a welcome ability to provide lucid and balanced summaries of a complex and diverse field." British Book News

Table of Contents

Selected Contents: List of plates Acknowledgements Why Fiske Still Matters Henry Jenkins Structuralism and Semiotics, Fiske-Style Ron Becker, Elana Levine, Darrell Newton and Pamela Wilson Notes on Contributors General Editor’s Preface Author’s note INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS COMMUNICATION? Chapter 1 COMMUNICATION THEORY Chapter 2 OTHER MODELS Chapter 3 COMMUNICATION, MEANING, AND SIGNS Chapter 4 CODES Chapter 5 SIGNIFICATION Chapter 6 SEMIOTIC METHODS AND APPLICATIONS Chapter 7 STRUCTURALIST THEORY AND APPLICATIONS Chapter 8 EMPIRICAL METHODS Chapter 9 IDEOLOGY AND MEANINGS CONCLUSION References Bibliography Further reading Books recommended for additional reading Index

About the Author

John Fiske is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

About the Series

Studies in Culture and Communication

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies