Key Themes in Media Theory

ISBN-10: 033521813X

ISBN-13: 9780335218134

Edition: 2007

Authors: Dan Laughey

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012

Dan Laughey is Senior Lecturer in Media and Popular Culture, Leeds Metropolitan University

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
What is media theory?
What are media?
What is theory?
What is media theory?
How to use this book
Behaviourism and media effects
Introduction
Lasswell's chain of communication and propaganda technique
Wertham: Seduction of the Innocent
Cantril: The Invasion from Mars
Cultivation theory
Agenda-setting and social functions of media
Two-step flow and the phenomenistic approach
Uses and gratifications theory
Summary
Further reading
Modernity and medium theory
Introduction
Innis: The Bias of Communication
McLuhan: the medium is the message
Benjamin: art and mechanical reproduction
The Leavises and the Lynds
Riesman and Hoggart: other-directed character and its uses of literacy
Williams: technology and cultural form
Habermas: media and the public sphere
Summary
Further reading
Structuralism and semiotics
Introduction
Saussure and Barthes: language and myth
Hall: Encoding/Decoding, ideology and hegemony
Glasgow Media Group: the ideology of news
Williamson: the ideology of ads
Morley: the Nationwide audience
Hebdige: Subculture
Foucault: discourse and disciplinary society
Summary
Further reading
Interactionism and structuration
Introduction
Goffman: self-presentation
Meyrowitz: No Sense of Place
Horton and Wohl: personae and para-social interaction
Thompson: mediated quasi-interaction
Labelling theory and moral panics
Giddens: structuration theory
Summary
Further reading
Feminisms and gender
Introduction
Radical feminism
Mulvey: the male gaze
Modleski and Radway: mass-produced fantasies for women
McRobbie: the ideology of teenage femininity
Ang: pleasure and the ideology of mass culture
Butler: Gender Trouble
Postfeminism and the third wave
Masculinity in crisis
Summary
Further reading
Political economy and postcolonial theory
Introduction
Adorno: culture industry or cultural industries?
Media and cultural imperialism
Herman and Chomsky: Manufacturing Consent
Critical political economy
Said: Orientalism
'The postcolonial' and race
Summary
Further reading
Postmodernity and the information society
Introduction
Baudrillard: hyperreality and simulation
Boorstin and Debord: the image and the spectacle
Jameson: pastiche and intertextuality
Lyotard: the decline of metanarratives
The information society
Ritzer: McDonaldization
Summary
Further reading
Consumerism and everyday life
Introduction
Fiske: consumer resistance
De Certeau: everyday tactics
Textual poachers and fandom
Silverstone: the cycle of consumption and mediated experience
The diffused audience and consumer authority
Bourdieu: the habitus and field theory
Summary
Further reading
Debating media theory
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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