Comedia

Series Editor: David Morley

The Comedia series features new theoretical and empirical work exploring the dynamics of the arts and culture industries, and addressing critical issues in the field of contemporary popular culture: issues of production, design, marketing, and consumption. While the principle focus is contemporary, the series also offers historical, educational, and policy-oriented perspectives across a broad range of media and cultural forms, from the news media to the visual arts.


The Comedia series features new theoretical and empirical work exploring the dynamics of the arts and culture industries, and addressing critical issues in the field of contemporary popular culture: issues of production, design, marketing and consumption.

  • Teletechnologies, Place, and Community

    By Rowan Wilken

    Teletechnologies, or technologies of distance, cannot be ignored. Indeed, the present electronic age is said to have wrought profound changes to how we think about and experience who we are, where we are, and how we relate with one another. Place and community have traditionally formed key concepts…

    Paperback – 2014-03-26
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  • Negotiating the Mediated City

    Everyday Encounters with Public Screens

    By Zlatan Krajina

    This book is an interdisciplinary empirical investigation of how people interact with public screens in their daily lives. In more and more surprising locations, screens of various kinds appear within the sightlines of passers-by in contemporary cities. Outdoor advertisers target audiences which…

    Hardback – 2013-12-06
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  • The Photographic Image in Digital Culture

    2nd Edition

    Edited by Martin Lister

    This new edition of The Photographic Image in Digital Culture explores the condition of photography after some 20 years of remediation and transformation by digital technology. Through ten especially commissioned essays, by some of the leading scholars in the field of contemporary photography…

    Paperback – 2013-09-09
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  • Online File Sharing

    Innovations in Media Consumption

    By Jonas Andersson Schwarz

    It is apparent that file sharing on the Internet has become an emerging norm of media consumption—especially among young people. This book provides a critical perspective on this phenomenon, exploring issues related to file sharing, downloading, peer-to-peer networks, "piracy," and (not least)…

    Hardback – 2013-08-27
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  • Transmedia Television

    Audiences, New Media, and Daily Life

    By Elizabeth Evans

    The early years of the twenty-first century have seen dramatic changes within the television industry. The development of the internet and mobile phone as platforms for content directly linked to television programming has offered a challenge to the television set’s status as the sole domestic…

    Paperback – 2013-07-07
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  • Branding Television

    By Catherine Johnson

    Branding Television examines why and how the UK and US television industries have turned towards branding as a strategy in response to the rise of satellite, cable and digital television, and new media, such as the internet and mobile phone. This is the first book to offer a sustained critical…

    Paperback – 2011-10-19
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  • Relocating Television

    Television in the Digital Context

    Edited by Jostein Gripsrud

    For over half a century, television has been the most central medium in Western democracies – the political, social and cultural centrepiece of the public sphere. Television has therefore rarely been studied in isolation from its socio-cultural and political context; there is always something…

    Paperback – 2010-06-16
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  • Media Events in a Global Age

    Edited by Nick Couldry, Andreas Hepp, Friedrich Krotz

    "This volume assembles an estimable range of critical analyses of one of the most important mediated artifacts of the modern world—the media event. The authors challenge the construct, extend its usefulness, expand its theoretical basis and application, and examine media events in a far larger and…

    Paperback – 2009-10-15
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  • Media, Modernity and Technology

    The Geography of the New

    By David Morley

    From best-selling author David Morley, this book presents a set of interlinked essays which discuss and examine some of the key debates in the fields of media and cultural studies. Spanning the last decade, this fascinating and readable book is based on interdisciplinary work on the interface of…

    Paperback – 2006-09-18
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  • Watching with The Simpsons

    Television, Parody, and Intertextuality

    By Jonathan Gray

    Using our favourite Springfield family as a case study, Watching with The Simpsons examines the textual and social role of parody in offering critical commentary on other television programs and genres. Jonathan Gray brings together textual theory, discussions of television and the public sphere,…

    Paperback – 2005-11-30
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  • Media/Theory

    Thinking about Media and Communications

    By Shaun Moores

    From an established author with a growing international profile in media studies, Media/Theory is an accessible yet challenging guide to ways of thinking about media and communications in modern life. Shaun Moores draws on ideas from a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and…

    Paperback – 2005-07-13
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  • The Politics of Heritage

    The Legacies of Race

    Edited by Jo Littler, Roshi Naidoo

    While 'social inclusion' and 'cultural diversity' circulate frenetically as buzzwords, are we really ready to accept that ideas about 'race' and 'ethnicity', rather than being a peripheral concern, are at the core of how a nation's heritage is represented and imagined?This book interrogates just…

    Paperback – 2005-02-06
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  • A Game of Two Halves

    Football Fandom, Television and Globalisation

    By Cornel Sandvoss

    Professional football is one of the most popular television 'genres' worldwide, attracting the support of millions of fans, and the sponsorship of powerful companies. In A Game of Two Halves, Sandvoss considers football's relationship with television, its links with transnational capitalism, and…

    Paperback – 2003-09-10
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  • Impossible Bodies

    Femininity and Masculinity at the Movies

    By Christine Holmlund

    Impossible Bodies investigates issues of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in contemporary Hollywood. Examining stars from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Clint Eastwood, to Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Lopez, Holmlund focuses on actors whose physique or appearance marks them as unusual or exceptional,…

    Paperback – 2001-12-19
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  • Culture after Humanism

    History, Culture, Subjectivity

    By Iain Chambers

    Culture After Humanism asks what happens to the authority of traditional western modes of thought in the wake of postmodernist theories of language and identity. Drawing on examples from music, architecture, literature, philosophy and art, Iain Chambers investigates moments of tension,…

    Paperback – 2001-07-04
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  • Home Territories

    Media, Mobility and Identity

    By David Morley

    Home Territories examines how traditional ideas of home, homeland and nation have been destabilised both by new patterns of migration and by new communication technologies which routinely transgress the symbolic boundaries around both the private household and the nation state. David Morley…

    Paperback – 2000-08-30
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  • The Place of Media Power

    Pilgrims and Witnesses of the Media Age

    By Nick Couldry

    This fascinating study focuses on an area neglected in previous studies of the media: the meetings between ordinary people and the media. Couldry explores what happens when people who normally consume the media witness media processes in action, or even become the object of media attention…

    Paperback – 1999-12-22
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  • Black British Culture and Society

    A Text Reader

    Edited by Kwesi Owusu

    Black British Culture and Society brings together in one indispensable volume key writings on the Black community in Britain, from the 'Windrush' immigrations of the late 1940s and 1950s to contemporary multicultural Britain. Combining classic writings on Black British life with new, specially…

    Paperback – 1999-10-31
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  • Times of the Technoculture

    From the Information Society to the Virtual Life

    By Kevin Robins, Frank Webster

    Times of the Technoculture explores the social and cultural impact of new technologies, tracing the origins of the information society from the coming of the machine with the industrial revolution to the development of mass production techniques in the early twentieth century.The authors look at…

    Paperback – 1999-05-12
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  • Television and Common Knowledge

    Edited by Jostein Gripstrud

    Television and Common Knowledge considers how television is and can be a vehicle for well-informed citizenship in a fragmented modern society. Grouped into thematic sections, contributors first examine how common knowledge is assumed and produced across the huge social, cultural and geographical…

    Paperback – 1999-03-31
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  • Transnational Connections

    Culture, People, Places

    By Ulf Hannerz

    This work provides an account of culture in an age of globalization. Ulf Hannerz argues that, in an ever-more interconnected world, national understandings of culture have become insufficient. He explores the implications of boundary-crossings and long-distance cultural flows for established…

    Paperback – 1996-07-03
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  • Stuart Hall

    Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies

    Edited by Kuan-Hsing Chen, David Morley

    Stuart Hall's work has been central to the formation and development of cultural studies as an international discipline. Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies is an invaluable collection of writings by and about Stuart Hall. The book provides a representative selection of Hall's…

    Paperback – 1996-02-07
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  • Television, Ethnicity and Cultural Change

    By Marie Gillespie

    For 'ethnic minorities' in Britain, broadcast TV provides powerful representations of national and 'western' culture. In Southall - which has the largest population of 'South Asians' outside the Indian sub-continent - the VCR furnishes Hindi films, 'sacred soaps' such as the Mahabharata, and family…

    Paperback – 1995-05-03
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  • The Dynasty Years

    Hollywood Television and Critical Media Studies

    By Jostein Gripsrud

    The Dynasty Years documents and analyses in detail 'the Dynasty phenomenon', the hotly debated success of the Hollywood-made 'Rolls Royce of a primetime soap' which heralded a profound transformation of European television.From the operatic camp of Krystle and Alexis' fight in the lilypond or the…

    Paperback – 1995-03-01
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  • To Be Continued...

    Soap Operas Around the World

    By Robert C. Allen

    To Be Continued... explores the world's most popular form of television drama; the soap opera. From Denver to Delhi, Moscow to Manchester, audiences eagerly await the next episode of As the World Turns, The Rich Also Weep or Eastenders. But the popularity of soap operas in Britain and the US pales…

    Paperback – 1994-12-21
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  • Migrancy, Culture, Identity

    By Iain Chambers

    In Migrancy, Culture, Identity, Iain Chambers unravels how our sense of place and identity is realised as we move through myriad languages, worlds and histories. The author explores the uncharted impact of cultural diversity on today's world, from the 'realistic' eye of the painter to the '…

    Paperback – 1993-12-15
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  • Spectacular Bodies

    Gender, Genre and the Action Cinema

    By Yvonne Tasker

    While films such as Rambo, Thelma and Louise and Basic Instinct have operated as major points of cultural reference in recent years, popular action cinema remains neglected within contemporary film criticism.Spectacular Bodies unravels the complexities and pleasures of a genre often dismissed as `…

    Paperback – 1993-11-10
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  • Video Playtime

    The Gendering of a Leisure Technology

    By Ann Gray

    The 1980s saw an explosion in the use of the domestic video cassette recorder (VCR), arguably the most significant new form of home entertainment technology since television. In Video Playtime Ann Gray investigates what women themselves felt about the VCR, both in terms of the ways these…

    Paperback – 1992-11-25
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  • The Consumerist Manifesto

    Advertising in Postmodern Times

    By Martin P. Davidson

    Advertising is no longer on the defensive. It has survived the snobbery of the 50s, the conspiracy theories of the 60s and the semiology of the 70s to be embraced and apotheosised by the 80s. The Consumerist Manifesto is the first book to examine the advertising process from within the agency…

    Paperback – 1992-07-29
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  • Advertising International

    The Privatisation of Public Space

    By Armand Mattelart

    First published in 1991. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1991-10-16
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  • Timeshift

    On Video Culture

    By Sean Cubitt

    Focusing on the aesthetics of video, Timeshift tests current semiotic, postmodernist and psychoanalytic approaches in the laboratory of real-life video viewing.…

    Paperback – 1991-01-02
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  • The Known World of Broadcast News

    International News and the Electronic Media

    By Stanley Baran, Roger Wallis

    First published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1990-09-05
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  • Consumption, Identity and Style

    Marketing, meanings, and the packaging of pleasure

    Edited by Alan Tomlinson

    First Published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1990-02-28
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  • Hiding in the Light

    On Images and Things

    By Dick Hebdige

    Dick Hebdige looks at the creation and consumption of objects and images as diverse as fashion and documentary photographs, 1950's streamlined cars, Italian motor scooters, 1980's 'style manuals', Biff cartoons, the Band Aid campaign, Pop Art and promotional music videos. He assesses their broad…

    Paperback – 1988-11-09
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  • The Museum Time Machine

    Putting Cultures on Display

    By Robert Lumley

    A provocative contribution to the current debate on museums, this collection of essays contains contributions from France, Britain, Australia, the USA and Canada.…

    Paperback – 1988-03-09
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  • Cut `n' Mix

    Culture, Identity and Caribbean Music

    By Dick Hebdige

    First published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1987-07-15
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  • Family Television

    Cultural Power and Domestic Leisure

    By David Morley

    First Published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1985-12-31
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