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Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them

by Susan Delacourt

A witty, insightful, and provocative look at the inside world of political marketing and its impact on democracy

Inside the political backrooms of Ottawa, the Mad Men of Canadian politics are planning their next...


Human Rights Discourse in a Global Network: Books beyond Borders

by Lena Khor

Rather than viewing human rights as an immutable and ill-defined entity, Khor argues for the recognition of human rights as a social construct comprised of language and language use. Her case studies of Doctors...


Torture, Intelligence and Sousveillance in the War on Terror: Agenda-Building Struggles

by Vian Bakir

This book examines the communication battles of the Bush and Blair political administrations (and those of their successors) over their use of torture to gain intelligence for the War on Terror. Exploring the...


Murders and Acquisitions: Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture

by Alzena MacDonald

The 'serial killer' has become increasingly prevalent in popular culture since the term was coined by Robert Ressler at the FBI in the mid-1970s. Murders and Acquisitions explores the social and political implications...


The Spectralities Reader: Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Cultural Theory

by Maria del Pilar Blanco & Esther Peeren

The Spectralities Reader is the first volume to collect the rich scholarship produced in the wake of the �spectral turn� of the early 1990s, which saw ghosts and haunting conjured as compelling analytical...


Moral Panics in the Contemporary World

by Julian Petley, Chas Critcher & Jason Hughes

Moral Panics in the Contemporary World represents the best current theoretical and empirical work on the topic, taken from the international conference on moral panics held at Brunel University. The range of...


Understanding Fandom: An Introduction to the Study of Media Fan Culture

by Mark Duffett

Fans used to be seen as an overly obsessed fraction of the audience. In the last few decades, shifts in media technology and production have instead made fandom a central mode of consumption. A range of ideas...


Informing the News

by Thomas E. Patterson

As the journalist Walter Lippmann noted nearly a century ago, democracy falters “if there is no steady supply of trustworthy and relevant news.” Today’s journalists are not providing it. Too often, reporters...


Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times; The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2012-13

by Mickey Huff, Andy Lee Roth & Project Censored

Truthout’s Progressive Pick of the Week

Ralph Nader’s 10 Books to Provoke Conversation in 2014

Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation's oldest news-monitoring group--a university-wide project...


Posthumanism: A Critical Analysis

by Stefan Herbrechter

This critical introduction understands posthumanism as a discourse, covering everything that has been and is being said about the figure of the 'posthuman'. It outlines the genealogy of the various posthuman...


Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising

by Anthony J. Cortese

In the third edition of Provocateur, sociologist Anthony Cortese offers an in-depth critical analysis of modern advertising_perhaps the most powerful cultural and economic institution. Focusing on images of...


Toward a Political Economy of Culture: Capitalism and Communication in the Twenty-First Century

by Colin Sparks, Andrew Calabrese & Marc Bogdanowicz

Several of the most important and influential political economists of communication working today explore a rich mix of topics and issues that link work, policy studies, and research and theory about the public...


Shop 'til You Drop: Consumer Behavior and American Culture

by Arthur Asa Berger

Are Americans obsessed with shopping? Shop 'til You Drop is a lively look at our consumer culture and its role in our everyday lives and society. Arthur Asa Berger considers the sacred roots of consumer culture,...


Technology and Values

by Laura Westra, Kristin Shrader-Frechette & Danny Cohen

Technology and Values provides a highly useful collection of essays organized around issues related to science, technology, public health, economics, the environment, and ethical theory. The editors present...


Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture

by Ytasha L. Womack

Comprising elements of the avant-garde, science fiction, cutting-edge hip-hop, black comix, and graphic novels, Afrofuturism spans both underground and mainstream pop culture. With a twofold aim to entertain...


Making a Difference: A Comparative View of the Role of the Internet in Election Politics

by Richard Davis, Diana Owen & David Taras

This book is a cross-national analysis of the role of the Internet in elections. It examines the role of context in shaping candidate and party usage of the Internet in democratic electoral systems.


Digital Journalism: Emerging Media and the Changing Horizons of Journalism

by Kevin Kawamoto

In this innovative book, experts on digital journalism share their perspectives on what digital journalism is, where it came from, and where it may be going. Addressing many important issues in new media and...


Deliberation, Democracy, and the Media

by Simone Chambers & Anne Costain

Is deliberative democracy the ideal goal of free speech? How do social movement organizations, activists, and political candidates use the media to frame their discourse? What responsibilities does the media...


Bring 'Em On: Media and Politics in the Iraq War

by Lee Artz, Yahya R. Kamalipour & Douglas Kellner

How were the American people prepared for the war on Iraq? How have political agents and media gatekeepers sought to develop public support for the first preventive war of the modern age? Bring 'Em On highlights...


Fantasy Girls: Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television

by Elyce Rae Helford

Fantasy Girls seeks to explore as well as challenge the power and the promises of this recent media phenomenon. Such TV programming offers the exciting opportunity to rethink established gender norms, but how...