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The Media in Contemporary France, Paperback / softback Book

The Media in Contemporary France Paperback / softback


"This is an impressively cogent account of the complex, shifting media landscape in France, agreeably written by an acknowledged expert in the field ... finding a workable balance between research expertise and usefulness for teaching is never easy, but this volume comes as close as possible to getting it right."Journal of European Studies 2012 42: 94"Thanks to his intimate knowledge of French politics and culture, Kuhn has brilliantly captured what makes the uniqueness of the French media system."Thierry Vedel, Senior Research Fellow at Sciences Po in Paris"This book achieves the remarkable and all too rare combination of offering an extremely clear, accessible and well organised introduction for students of the French Media and providing a host of new perspectives to those well versed in the field."Dr David Levy, Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, UK"A necessary tool to understand a very particular mass media system such as the French one.

After a detailed historical reconstruction Raymond Kuhn offers an interesting interpretation of the present mass media problems under the Sarkozy Presidency."Paolo Mancini, Universita di Perugia, ItalyThe Media in Contemporary France analyses the role of the main news media - press, radio, television and the internet - in one of the world's major democracies.

Written by a leading specialist in the field, it covers media policy, news management and image projection during the mediatized 'hyperpresidency' of Nicolas Sarkozy.Raymond Kuhn outlines the historical development of the media in France before providing a critical evaluation of today's digital media landscape, that has seen both the entry of new online actors (such as Google, Facebook and Twitter) and the destabilization of many traditional outlets in both press and broadcasting sectors (for instance, Le Monde and France Televisions).Key aspects of the structures and functioning of the contemporary media - including ownership, political partisanship, content regulation and policy-making - are covered in depth.

The author also looks at the contribution of the French media on the world stage, with the launch of the international rolling news channel, France 24, serving as a case study of France's global media activities.This book will appeal to students in the fields of media and communication studies, political communication, journalism, French politics and society and European Studies.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Media studies
  • ISBN: 9780335236220



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