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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...


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...


Masturbation in Pop Culture: Screen, Society, Self

by Lauren Rosewarne

Through reference to over six hundred scenes from film and television—as well as a diverse and cross-disciplinary academic bibliography—Masturbation in Pop Culture investigates the role that masturbation...


Beyond Britain: Stuart Hall and the Postcolonializing of Anglophone Cultural Studies

by Lars Jensen

Presents a history of the key ideas that have shaped the evolution of the shared spaces of inquiry in British Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Studies to analyze the continued significance and relevance of...


Unlearning the Soviet Tongue: Discursive Practices of a Democratizing Polity

by Natalia Kovalyova

This book refines the discursive theory of democratization by juxtaposing the elite and lay discourses in post-Soviet Russia (1996–2008). Through examining how Russians position themselves as political subjects,...


The Impact of YouTube on U.S. Politics

by LaChrystal D. Ricke

The Impact of YouTube on U.S. Politics analyzes the broad and evolving political impact of YouTube, specifically addressing political campaigning, communication, and engagement. The text provides a synthesized...


The Responsibility to Protect in Darfur: The Role of Mass Media

by Abdel Salam Sidahmed, Walter C. Soderlund & Donald E. Briggs

The Responsibility to Protect in Darfur traces the development of international intervention in domestic conflict, culminating in the concept of 'Responsibility to Protect' in 2001. The authors explain the background...


Scorpion Tongues New and Updated Edition: Gossip, Celebrity, And American Politics

by Gail Collins

From Thomas Jefferson to William Jefferson Clinton, Scorpion Tongues is a popular history of gossip in American politics. Complete with wickedly delightful anecdotes of major and minor politicians and entertainers...


Primetime Pundits: How Cable News Covers Social Issues

by Lynn Letukas

Primetime Pundits explores the ascent of punditry and offers a new approach for understanding how social issues are covered in the changing media landscape. Based on extensive research of primetime news coverage...


Normative Experience in Internet Politics

by Mireille Delmas-Marty, Paul Mathias, Dominique Boullier & Laurence Monnoyer-Smith et al.

The ways in which the Internet is managed and controlled -often labeled as Internet Governance- are usually considered as standing on four main pillars: Technology, Market Laws, State Regulation and Uses. Nevertheless,...


Electric Sounds: Technological Change and the Rise of Corporate Mass Media

by Steve J. Wurtzler

Electric Sounds brings to vivid life an era when innovations in the production, recording, and transmission of sound revolutionized a number of different media, especially the radio, the phonograph, and the...


Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery: An Essay on Popular Culture

by Eva Illouz

-- Amy B. Jordan, Director of the Media and the Developing Mind Sector, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania


Aging, Media, and Culture

by C. Lee Harrington, Denise Bielby, Anthony R. Bardo & Rebecca G. Adams et al.

This collection of original articles sits at the intersection of two interdisciplinary fields: media studies and aging studies. Drawing on both scholarly literatures, we explore the reciprocal influences of...


Blogging: How Our Private Thoughts Went Public

by Kristin Roeschenthaler Wolfe

Public versus private is an ongoing concern in communication. This book examines this phenomenon through self-representational writing and the philosophical lens of Hannah Arendt’s public versus private theory,...


Media in the Digital Age

by John V. Pavlik

Digital technologies have fundamentally altered the nature and function of media in our society, reinventing age-old practices of public communication and at times circumventing traditional media and challenging...


Gender and the American Presidency: Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced

by Theodore F. Sheckels, Nichola D. Gutgold & Diana B. Carlin

Gender and the American Presidency: Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced, by Theodore F. Sheckels, Nichola D. Gutgold, and Diana Bartelli Carlin, is a book that includes interviews with several...


Portrayals of Children in Popular Culture: Fleeting Images

by Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic & Debbie C. Olson

This book examines how children and the concept of childhood are presented in media through the unique lens of childhood studies. This collection, authored by a cadre of international scholars, explores how...


Paris Is Burning: A Queer Film Classic

by Lucas Hilderbrand

A Queer Film Classic on the stunning 1991 documentary about New York's drag subculture in the 1980s.