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Media, Culture & Society
A Critical Reader

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July 1986 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Since its inception in 1979, Media, Culture & Society has published some of the finest theoretical and historical work in communication and cultural studies to emerge from Britain and continental Europe. Such distinguished scholars as Raymond Williams, Pierre Bourdieu, Stuart Hall, and Philip Elliot have contributed articles that have had a profound impact on the fields of political science, sociology, and media studies. The journal has pioneered a unique and refreshing approach to the analysis of the media, offering a stimulating alternative to both the traditional empirical "effects" school and Althuserrian Marxism. Grouped in three parts, the articles in this critical reader represent a cross section of the best work published in Media, Culture & Society. Preceding each article is a useful introductory essay that will enable students to better comprehend the issues discussed. This book will prove to be an invaluable guide to the influential tradition of media studies and a welcome asset both to teachers and students of communication and sociology-of-culture courses. "This valuable book is an anthology of sixteen articles published in the journal Media, Culture, & Society between 1975-1985. There is a great deal more importance in this book than space to discuss it." --The Book Review
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: APPROACHES TO CULTURAL THEORY
Nicholas Garnham
Contribution to a Political Economy of Mass Communication
Stuart Hall
Cultural Studies
Two Paradigms

 
John Corner
Codes and Cultural Analysis
Michele Mattelart
Women and the Cultural Industries
 
PART TWO: INTELLECTUALS AND CULTURAL PRODUCTION
Philip Schlesinger
In Search of the Intellectuals
Some Comments on Recent Theory

 
Philip Elliot
Intellectuals, the 'Information Society' and the Disappearance of the Public Sphere
Nicholas Garnham and Raymond Williams
Pierre Bourdieu and the Sociology of Culture
An Introduction

 
Pierre Bourdieu
The Production of Belief
Contribution to an Economy of Symbolic Goods

 
Pierre Bourdieu
The Aristocracy of Culture
Paul Dimaggio
Cultural Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-Century Boston
The Creation of an Organizational Base for High Culture in America

 
 
PART THREE: BRITISH BROADCASTING AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE
Paddy Scannell
Broadcasting and the Politics of Unemployment 1930-1935
David Cardiff
The Serious and the Popular
Aspects of the Evolution of Style in the Radio Talk 1928-1939

 
David Chaney
A Symbolic Mirror of Ourselves
Civic Ritual in Mass Society

 
Philip Elliot, Graham Murdock and Philip Schlesinger
`Terrorism' and the State
A Case Study of the Discourses of Television

 
Richard Collins
Broadband Black Death Cuts Queues. The Information Society and the UK
James Curran
The Impact of Advertising on the British Mass Media

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Richard E. Collins

James Curran

Nicholas Garnham

Paddy Scannell

Paddy Scannell worked for many years at the University of Westminster (London) where he and his colleagues established, in 1975, the first undergraduate degree program in Media Studies in the UK. He is a founding editor of Media, Culture and Society which began publication in 1979 and is now issued six times yearly. He is the author of A Social History of British Broadcasting, 1922-1939 which he wrote with David Cardiff, editor of Broadcast Talk and author of Radio, Television and Modern Life. He is currently working on a trilogy. The first volume, Media and Communication, was published in June 2007. Professor Scannell is now working on... More About Author

Philip Schlesinger

Philip Schlesinger was appointed to the University of Glasgow’s new Chair in Cultural Policy and became Academic Director of CCPR in January 2007. He was previously Professor of Film & Media Studies at the University of Stirling and founding Director of Stirling Media Research Institute. He has been Professor of Sociology at the University of Greenwich, a Nuffield Social Science Research Fellow, a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute of Florence, and has held the Queen Victoria Eugenia Chair of Doctoral Studies at the Complutense University of Madrid. He was a longstanding Visiting Professor of Media and Communication at... More About Author

Colin Sparks

In the course of my research, I have worked with and advised the European Union, Unesco, the Open Society Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the British Council, Universities in the US, Europe and East Asia, and many other organisations, academic, official, and non-governmental. I have participated actively in the professional associations of the field, both nationally and internationally.... More About Author