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Media and Power

1st Edition

By James Curran


320 pages

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Media and Power addresses three key questions about the relationship between media and society.

*How much power do the media have?

*Who really controls the media?

*What is the relationship between media and power in society?

In this major new book, James Curran reviews the different answers which have been given, before advancing original interpretations in a series of ground-breaking essays.

This book also provides a guided tour of the major debates in media studies. What part did the media play in the making of modern society? How did 'new media' change society in the past? Will radical media research recover from its mid-life crisis? Is public service television the dying product of the nation in an age of globalization? Media and Power provides both a clear introduction to media research and an innovative analysis of media power.


'Curran advances original interpretations in a series of ground breaking essays.' - Internationl Journal on Media Management

'A masterful synthesis and evaluation of key debates in British Media Studies.' -Canadian Journal of Communication

About the Author

James Curran is Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author or editor of over thirteen books about the media, including Power Without Responsibility: The Press and Broadcasting in Britain (with Jean Seaton, 6th edition, 2002), and Mass Media and Society (edited with Michael Gurevitch, 3rd edition, 2000)

About the Series

Communication and Society

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies