Media, Ritual and Identity examines the role of the media in society; its complex influence on democratic processes and its participation in the construction and affirmation of different social identities.
It draws extensively upon cultural anthropology and combines a commanding overview of contemporary media debates with a series of fascinating case studies ranging from political ritual on television to broadcasting in the third world.
'If one is looking for a good syntheses of some of the major debates in media studies, this will be a rewarding and interesting book.' - Robert A. White, Media Development
'This is a collection which earns its place on the media research bookshelf.' - John Corner, European Journal of Cultural Studies
'An unusually good anthology.' - European Journal of Communication
'Excellent book from which to teach a graduate seminar.' - European Journal of Communication
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.