The Media and Social Theory

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-07-07
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Media studies needs richer and livelier intellectual resources. This book brings together major and emerging international media analysts to consider key processes of media change, using a number of critical perspectives. Case studies range from reality television to professional journalism, from blogging to control of copyright, from social networking sites to indigenous media, in Europe, North America, Asia and elsewhere. Among the theoretical approaches and issues addressed are: critical realism post-structuralist approaches to media and culture Pierre Bourdieu and field theory public sphere theory ' ; including post-Habermasian versions actor network theory Marxist and post-Marxist theories, including contemporary critical theory theories of democracy, antagonism and difference. This volume is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers of cultural studies, media studies and social theory.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Why media studies needs better social theoryp. 1
Power and democracyp. 25
Media and the paradoxes of pluralismp. 27
Neoliberalism, social movements and change in media systems in the late twentieth centuryp. 43
Recognition and the renewal of ideology critiquep. 59
Cosmopolitan temptations, communicative spaces and the European Unionp. 75
Spatial inequalitiesp. 93
Neoliberalism, imperialism and the mediap. 95
A contemporary Persian letter and its global purloining: The shifting spatialities of contemporary communicationp. 112
Rethinking the Digital Agep. 127
Media and mobility in a transnational worldp. 145
Spectacle and the selfp. 159
Form and power in an age of continuous spectaclep. 161
Spectacular morality: 'Reality' television, individualisation and the remaking of the working classp. 177
Variations on the branded self: Theme, invention, improvisation and inventoryp. 194
Media labour and productionp. 211
'Step away from the croissant': Media Studies 3.0p. 213
Sex and drugs and bait and switch: Rockumentary and the new model workerp. 231
Journalism: Expertise, authority, and power in democratic lifep. 248
Media making and social realityp. 265
Indexp. 280
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