Media and Social Life

Edited by Mary Beth Oliver, Arthur A. Raney

© 2014 – Routledge

250 pages

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pub: 2014-04-06
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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Electronic Media Research Series

In 2008, the Broadcast Education Association initiated a new program promotion original research. The result was the creation of the BEA Research Symposium and publications. The purpose of the BEA Symposium is as a catalyst for future research. It honors leading scholars of the discipline and features their work along with new and upcoming scholarship. The Electronic Media Research Series was established in 2010. Along with the BEA Research Symposium Series, this series provides keystone research texts for those researching with the discipline. It will bring the reader up to-date relative to the topics and it reflect the current work within the field as well as providing a comprehensive bibliography and index, facilitating further research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies