This book covers the key concepts central to understanding recent developments in media and communications studies. Wide-ranging in scope and accessible in style it sets out a useful, clear map of the important theories, methods, and debates.

The entries critically explore the limits of a key concept as much as the traditions that define it. They include clear definitions, are introduced within the wider context of the field and each one is fully cross-referenced, is clearly illustrated with relevant examples, and provides a guide to further reading and an index.

This book is an essential resource for students in media and communications and for those studying sociology, cultural sociology, cultural studies, and sociology of media.



When you are out on the phone or on the air, you have no body. (Marshall McLuhan, 2008)

The status of the body and embodiment in relation to media has been problematized by the challenge cyberspace presents to the experience of physical space. The proposition that cyberspace affords environments of immersion which substitute and displace physical spaces has become something of an orthodoxy in the literature.

Such a thesis is often confined to the ‘digital’ or interactive features of ‘new media’ rather than extended to all electronic media. Yet, ten years prior to the domestication of the Internet, Joshua Meyrowitz (1985) was already exploring the nature of place and space in relation to electronic media in No Sense ...

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