1st Edition

Media and Social Life

Edited By Mary Beth Oliver, Arthur A. Raney Copyright 2014
    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    Our use of media touches on almost all aspects of our social lives, be they friendships, parent-child relationships, emotional lives, or social stereotypes. How we understand ourselves and others is now largely dependent on how we perceive ourselves and others in media, how we interact with one another through mediated channels, and how we share, construct, and understand social issues via our mediated lives.

    This volume highlights cutting edge scholarship from preeminent scholars in media psychology that examines how media intersect with our social lives in three broad areas: media and the self; media and relationships; and social life in emerging media. The scholars in this volume not only provide insightful and up-to-date examinations of theorizing and research that informs our current understanding of the role of media in our social lives, but they also detail provocative and valuable roadmaps that will form that basis of future scholarship in this crucially important and rapidly evolving media landscape.

    Part 1: Media and the Self

    1: Emotion, Media, and Our Social World

    Robin L. Nabi

    2: Media and Identity

    Markus Appel, Martina Mara, and Silvana Weber

    3: Morality and the Selection, Reception, and Effects of Entertainment Media

    Arthur A. Raney and Sophie H. Janicke

    4: Media and Spirituality

    Srividya Ramasubramanian

    5: Integrating Technology and Media and the Social Learning Ecosystem: The Evolving State of Formal Learning

    Brittney Huntington and J. Alison Bryant

    Part 2: Media and Relationships

    6: Media and Social Groups

    Mary Beth Oliver, Jennifer Hoewe, Erin Ash, Keunyeong Kim, Mun-Young Chung, and Drew Shade

    7: The Domestication of Media in the Family

    Marina Krcmar

    8: Media and Friendships

    Sonja Utz

    9: Sex, Romance, and Media: Taking Stock of Two Research Literatures

    Jennifer Stevens Aubrey and Hilary Gamble

    10: Mediated Relationships and Social Life: Current Research on Fandom, Parasocial Relationships, and Identification

    Jonathan Cohen

    Part 3: Emerging Media and Social Life

    11: Video Games and Social Life

    Christoph Klimmt

    12: The Structural Transformation of Mobile Communication: Implications for Self and Society

    Scott W. Campbell, Rich Ling, and Joseph B. Bayer

    13: The Place Where Our Social Networks Reside: Social Media and Sociality

    Kelly Quinn and Zizi Papacharissi

    14: Blogging

    Carmen Stavrositu


    Mary Beth Oliver (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a distinguished professor in the Department of Film/Video & Media Studies and co-director of the Media Effects Research Lab at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research in media effects focuses on entertainment psychology and on social cognition. Her recent publications on these topics have appeared such journals as the Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, and Communication Research, among others. She is currently an associate editor of the Media Psychology journal.

    Arthur A. Raney (Ph.D., University of Alabama) is the James E. Kirk Professor of Communication and director of doctoral studies in the School of Communication at Florida State University. His research primarily examines how and why we enjoy various media entertainment content, with specific attention to the role morality plays in those processes.  His writings on these issues have been published in various anthologies, as well as in the Journal of Communication, Media Psychology, and Communication Theory, among others. He is currently an associate editor of the Media Psychology journal.