'…a great book, exciting, and very clearly written' - Klaus Schönbach, University of Amsterdam. 'This is an excellent book that provides students with a broad series of summary outlines of key thinkers on media and communication, without conflating the two terms' - Michael Pickering, University of Loughborough. Magisterial in scope, Media and Communication traces the historical development of media and communication studies. Media Studies itself has a short history but many antecedents, and in this comprehensive and compelling book, Paddy Scannell sets out to describe and analyze its formulation in North American and Europe. Media and Communication offers an accessible and comprehensive analysis of the development of media and communication theory: Includes a summary outline of all the key thinkers; Looks at the study of communication across a range of disciplines—history, literature, sociology, philosophy and linguistics; Challenges readers to engage with the central importance of communication.

Mass Culture
Mass culture

Horkheimer, Adorno, Brecht, Benjamin Germany/USA, 1930s and 1940s

The Social Question

We have already encountered the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research in America. In this chapter I will consider its European intellectual roots and, in particular, the critical components of its approach to the study of contemporary society. But first, I must consider why and in what way society presented itself as an object of academic enquiry in Germany after the Great War. I have suggested reasons for the appearance of sociology as an object domain in American universities. For over three centuries people had migrated from Europe to America. In the seventeeth and eighteenth centuries, they left the old world to escape from religious and political persecution (the two being often inseparable) and ...

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