"A sprightly, critical and intelligent guided tour around the mansion of media and communications/cultural research... enormously useful for students and researchers."- James Curran, Goldsmiths, University of London"A highly comprehensive guide to core concepts in media theory and criticism."- Andrew Goodwin, University of San Francisco"A great resource for new under-grads and something I urge my students to buy and use as a hand first 'port of call' throughout their studies."- Paul Smith, De Montfort UniversityThis book covers the key concepts central to understanding recent developments in media and communications studies.
Wide-ranging in scope and accessible in style it sets out a useful, clear map of the important theories, methods and debates.
The entries critically explore the limits of a key concept as much as the traditions that define it.
They include clear definitions, are introduced within the wider context of the field and each one: is fully cross-referencedis appropriately illustrated with examples, tables and diagramsprovides a guide to further reading.
This book is an essential resource for students of media and communications across sociology, cultural studies, creative industries and of course, media and communications courses.