Cultural and media studies are now well-established as important academic disciplines and are inspiring new research into a wide range of pertinent issues. This series presents outstanding research in these subjects, helping to shape the direction of future inquiry.
To submit a proposal for this series, please contact:
Suzanne Richardson, Commissioning Editor for Media, Cultural and Communication Studies
Drag in the Global Digital Public Sphere Queer Visibility, Online Discourse and Political Change
Serial Killers in Contemporary Television Familiar Monsters in Post-9/11 Culture
Celebrity and New Media Gatekeeping Success
Mediatisation of Emotional Life
By Dal Yong Jin
November 04, 2022
This book examines the nexus of East Asian media, culture, and digital technologies in the early 21st century from a Global South perspective. Providing an empirically rich analysis of the emergence of Asian culture, histories, texts, and state policies as they relate to both Asian media and ...
By Sarah Lowndes
September 30, 2022
Crowds, Community and Contagion in Contemporary Britain presents the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to re-assess the neoliberal politics, xenophobia, and racism that have undermined community cohesion in the United Kingdom since 1979, and which have continued largely unchecked through the last...
By Niall Brennan, David Gudelunas
August 19, 2022
This volume explores drag in global online spaces as a distinct departure from the established success, and limitations, of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Centered around discourses of LGBTQ+ visibility and political mobilization, the book addresses how these discourses have moved beyond the increasingly ...
By Adam Dubin, Dean Vuletic, Antonio Obregón
July 08, 2022
Drawing from the wealth of academic literature about the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) written over the last two decades, this book consolidates and recognizes the ESC's relevance in academia by analysing its contribution to different fields of study. The book brings together leading ESC scholars ...
By Brett A.B. Robinson, Christine Daigle
June 14, 2022
This volume examines the significant increase in representations of serial killers as central characters in popular television over the last two decades. Via critical analyses of the philosophical and existential themes presented to viewers and their place in the cultural landscape of contemporary ...
By Stephanie Patrick
May 05, 2022
This book looks back to the early days of new and social media, to examine the potential threat that such technologies and platforms posed to the mainstream corporate media’s gatekeeping, and its ability to exploit, humiliate, and even violate famous women. Drawing on her own experiences working as...
By Katarzyna Kopecka-Piech, Mateusz Sobiech
April 21, 2022
This volume brings together an international team of authors to investigate a wide range of issues concerning the fundamental role of media technologies in shaping contemporary emotional life. Chapters explore key aspects of the mediatisation of emotional life, feelings and interpersonal relations:...
By Celia Lam, Jackie Raphael
April 01, 2022
This comprehensive work presents a thorough exploration of celebrity ‘bromances,’ interrogating how bromances are portrayed in media and consumed by audiences to examine themes of celebrity persona, performativity, and authenticity. The authors examine how the performance of intimate male ...
By Sidney Homan
March 11, 2022
This volume explores how and why we deny, or manipulate, or convert, or enhance reality. Finding it important to come to terms with reality, with what is there before us, and, with reality however defined, to live responsibly, this collection takes a truly multidisciplinary approach to examining ...
By Katarzyna Kopecka-Piech, Bartłomiej Łódzki
February 01, 2022
This truly interdisciplinary volume brings together a diverse group of scholars to explore changes in the significance of media and communication in the era of pandemic. The book answers two interrelated questions: how media and communication reality changed during the first wave of the COVID-19 ...
By Baden Offord, Caroline Fleay, Lisa Hartley, Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes, Dean Chan
December 24, 2021
In this thought-provoking book, a diverse range of educators, activists, academics, and community advocates provide theoretical and practical ways of activating our knowledge and understanding of how to build a human rights culture. Addressing approaches and applications to human rights within ...
By Katharina Rein
November 26, 2021
This volume explores illusionism as a much larger phenomenon than optical illusion, magic shows, or special effects, as a vital part of how we perceive, process, and shape the world in which we live. Considering different cultural practices characterized by illusionism, this book suggests a ...