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.



The relationship between post-print media/communications and regulation varies dramatically among nation states to this day, despite media globalization and attempts at forms of global governance. That is because the question of whether or not the media should be regulated is still largely answered at the level of the nation state. Supranational bodies such as the European Union and international ‘free trade’ agreements have certainly challenged the supremacy of nation states, but national governments remain the most common initiators of regulatory regimes. That is so even if, in democratic societies, they are usually administered by more or less independent agencies collectively known as ‘regulators’. While this is very much an ‘in practice’ administrative ...

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