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.



Globalization is an outcome of time–space compression that is over 500 years old, yet it only recently became the fin-de-siècle zeitgeist that it is now for journalists and much of the social sciences. At its most hubristic, from the early 1990s until 9/11 2001, globalization had become the subject of a new kind of moral panic, according to which a ‘postmodern’ or postindustrial market had cut loose from state or supra-state control.

During this time, some argued that globalization became an ideology of late capitalism – globalism (Steger, 2009), a confused admixture of utopian belief in the ‘global village’ or a triumphalist celebration of liberal capitalism as the final form of social evolution (Fukuyama, 1992) versus more apocalyptic narratives ...

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