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Mind Candy

by Lawrence Watt-Evans

Over the years, in a variety of venues, Lawrence Watt-Evans has turned his sharp, analytical, and slightly crazed mind to everything from weaponized poetry to why the Enterprise doesn't have seatbelts, and everyone...


Folk Devils and Moral Panics

by Stanley Cohen

'Richly documented and convincingly presented' -- New Society

Mods and Rockers, skinheads, video nasties, designer drugs, bogus asylum seeks and hoodies. Every era has its own moral panics. It was Stanley Cohen's...


Photography, History, Difference

by Tanya Sheehan

Thinking differently about photography and its histories


Radio Audiences and Participation in the Age of Network Society

by Tiziano Bonini & Belén| Monclús

This book maps, describes and further explores all contemporary forms of interaction between radio and its public, with a specific focus on those forms of content co-creation that link producers and listeners....


Global Media, Biopolitics, and Affect: Politicizing Bodily Vulnerability

by Britta Timm Knudsen & Carsten Stage

Global Media, Biopolitics and Affect shows how mediations of bodily vulnerability have become a strong political force in contemporary societies. In discussions and struggles concerning war involvement, healthcare...


Reframing Disability?: Media, (Dis)Empowerment, and Voice in the 2012 Paralympics

by Daniel Jackson, Caroline E.M. Hodges & Mike Molesworth

The London 2012 Paralympic Games - the biggest, most accessible and best-attended games in the Paralympics' 64-year history - came with an explicit aim to "transform the perception of disabled people in society,"...


The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture

by Matthew P. McAllister & Emily West

The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture provides an essential guide to the key issues, methodologies, concepts, debates, and policies that shape our everyday relationship with advertising....


Advertising: Critical Approaches

by Chris Wharton

Advertising: Critical Approaches explores a broad range of critical theories and perspectives to shed new light on the organisation, workings and effects of the advertising industry today.

Chris Wharton presents...


Neuroscience and Media: New Understandings and Representations

by Michael Grabowski

This volume explores how advances in the fields of evolutionary neuroscience and cognitive psychology are informing media studies with a better understanding of how humans perceive, think and experience emotion...


The Promiscuity of Network Culture: Queer Theory and Digital Media

by Robert Payne

Liking, sharing, friending, going viral: what would it mean to recognize these current modes of media interaction as promiscuous? In a contemporary network culture characterized by a proliferation of new forms...


Foreign Correspondents and International Newsgathering: The Role of Fixers

by Colleen Murrell

This book reveals that 'fixers'-local experts on whom foreign correspondents rely-play a much more significant role in international television newsgathering than has been documented or understood. Murrell explores...


The Inter American Press Association: Its Fight for Freedom of the Press, 1926-1960

by Mary A. Gardner

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has been a pioneer in the concept of an inter-American professional, independent, and self-sufficient pressure group that acts on its own initiative and subsists on...


Manufacturing the News

by Mark Fishman

There is little argument that mass media news projects a particular point of view. The question is how that bias is formed. Most media critics look to the attitudes of reporters and editors, the covert news...


Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby

by Adele Pavlidis & Simone Fullagar

As a new breed of lifestyle sport enthusiasts ‘derby grrrls’ are pushing the boundaries of gender as they negotiate the nexus of pleasure, pain and power relations. Offering a socio-cultural analysis of...


The Coordinated Management of Meaning: A Festschrift in Honor of W. Barnett Pearce

by Stephen W. Littlejohn & Sheila McNamee

Honoring the work of W. Barnett Pearce, this volume of 16 essays explores various applications of the theory of the Coordinated Management of Meaning. It anticipates futures in many areas of the communication...


Gossip Girl: A Critical Understanding

by Lori Bindig

This book is a critical cultural studies analysis of the CW’s hit teen television drama Gossip Girl (2007–2012). Bindig examines the show in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, and consumerism, and...


Mediated Nostalgia: Individual Memory and Contemporary Mass Media

by Ryan Lizardi

Mediated Nostalgia works to help understand the cultural, historical, and sociological implications of a past-obsessed media industry. It takes a cross-media and interdisciplinary approach in its study of the...


Teaching Communication and Media Studies: Pedagogy and Practice

by Jan Fernback

Designed for communication/media educators and graduate students, Teaching Communication and Media Studies is a practical and conceptual guide to teaching university courses in communication and media studies....


Media Independence: Working with Freedom or Working for Free?

by James Bennett & Niki Strange

Media independence is central to the organization, make-up, working practices and output of media systems across the globe. Often stemming from western notions of individual and political freedoms, independence...


Coarseness in U.S. Public Communication

by Philip Dalton & Eric Mark Kramer

Proceeding from the assumption that all manner of public communication in the United States is becoming increasingly coarse, this book argues that shared cultural notions of decency are being eroded by market...