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Mapping the Magazine

Comparative studies in magazine journalism, 1st Edition

Edited by Tim Holmes


156 pages

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The media and more recently journalism have provided rich areas of study for many years but magazines, perhaps the most prolific single medium, have been largely ignored. Mapping The Magazine aims to redress the balance with an unprecedented collection of original, scholarly, detailed but wide-ranging examinations of the magazine form. Drawing on a variety of theoretical approaches and a wealth of titles from around the world, the contributions demonstrate just how significant the magazine has been, and continues to be, in the realm of journalism and cultural production.

From the science magazines of the Victorian era to women’s magazines of South Africa and Israel, via rock music and photojournalism past and present, the material in Mapping The Magazine illuminates and explores the all-encompassing, global and historical nature of the subject matter.

Some of the most notable names in the field of magazine studies, including John Hartley, Sammye Johnson, David Abrahamson, Bethan Benwell, and Patrick Roessler contribute research based analyses of various aspects of magazine journalism from around the globe and across a wide historical span.

This book will help to establish the magazine as a medium which is not only suitable for research but which also opens up a huge new field of possibilities.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Journalism Studies

Table of Contents



2. Why Should They Care? The Relationship of Academic Scholarship to the Magazine Industry Sammye Johnson

3. Pornography For Women, Or What They Don’t Show You In Cosmo! Clarissa Smith

4. New Sexism? Readers’ Responses to the use of Irony in Men’s Magazines Bethan Benwell

5. Before Cosmopolitan: The Girl in German Women Magazines in the 1920s Nina Sylvester

6. Documenting Kate Moss: Fashion Photography and the Persistence of Photojournalism John Hartley

7. Global Players, Émigrés, And Zeitgeist Magazine Design and the interrelation between the US and Germany Patrick Roessler

8. Johannesburg Lunch-Hour 1951-1963: The emergence and development of the humanist photographic essay in Drum magazine Darren Newbury

9. Consumer Magazines In South Africa And Israel: Toward a Socio-Semiotic Approach to Magazine Research Sonja Narunsky-Laden

10. The Changing Face Of Women’s Magazines In Russia Sian Stephenson

11. The Rise Of The Gossip Press In Spain Manuela Bueno, María Luisa Cárdenas and Lola Esquivias

12. Customer Magazines: The Rise of ‘Glossies’ as Brand Extensions Lynda Dyson

13. ‘Everything Louder Than Everything Else’: The Contemporary Metal Music Magazine and its Cultural Appeal Andy R Brown

14. Nineteenth-Century Popular Science Magazines: Narrative, and the Problem of Historical Materiality James Mussell

15. Magazine Exceptionalism: The Concept, The Criteria, The Challenge David Abrahamson

About the Editor

Tim Holmes is the course co-ordinator of the Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism at Cardiff University and founder of the Mapping The Magazine series of conferences.

About the Series

Journalism Studies

Theory and Practice

The journal Journalism Studies was established at the turn of the new millennium by Bob Franklin. It was launched in the context of a burgeoning interest in the scholarly study of journalism and an expansive global community of journalism scholars and researchers. The ambition was to provide a forum for the critical discussion and study of journalism as a subject of intellectual inquiry but also an arena of professional practice. Previously, the study of journalism in the UK and much of Europe was a fairly marginal branch of the larger disciplines of media, communication and cultural studies; only a handful of Universities offered degree programmes in the subject. Journalism Studies has flourished and succeeded in providing the intended public space for discussion of research on key issues within the field, to the point where in 2007 a sister journal, Journalism Practice, was launched to enable an enhanced focus on practice-based issues, as well as foregrounding studies of journalism education, training and professional concerns. Both journals are among the leading ranked journals within the field and publish six issues annually, in electronic and print formats. From the outset, the publication of themed issues has been a commitment for both journals. Their purpose is first, to focus on highly significant or neglected areas of the field; second, to facilitate discussion and analysis of important and topical policy issues; and third, to offer readers an especially high quality and closely focused set of essays, analyses and discussions; or all three.

The Journalism Studies: Theory and Practice book series draws on a wide range of these themed issues from both journals and thereby extends the critical and public forum provided by them. The Editor of the journals works closely with guest editors to ensure that the books achieve relevance for readers and the highest standards of research rigour and academic excellence. The series makes a significant contribution to the field of journalism studies by inviting distinguished scholars, academics and journalism practitioners to discuss and debate the central concerns within the field. It also reaches a wider readership of scholars, students and practitioners across the social sciences, humanities and communication arts, encouraging them to engage critically with, but also to interrogate, the specialist scholarly studies of journalism which this series provides.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies