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.



This term is probably now most directly associated with media and communications studies via the field of cultural studies. The initially British formation of cultural studies is usually dated from the 1950s and followed by the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS), founded in 1964. Contemporaneous US debates about mass communication, however, overlapped with those about mass culture and were heavily dependent on the role of émigré European intellectuals (Bennett, 1982; Bramson, 1967). Similarly, both US and British developments owed much to prior debates in literary studies that would be grouped together by literary theorists and literary historians as ‘new criticism’. So, culture and criticism/critique are also linked.

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