'…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.

Culture and Communication
Culture and communication

Leavis, Hoggart, Williams, England, 1930s-1950s

The Absent Social Question

1968 was the moment of the cultural revolution in Europe, led by middle-class students rather than the working class. Its exemplary occurrence was in France, but in Britain too the students revolted against ‘the reactionary and mystifying culture inculcated in universities and colleges’ while at the same time seeking an alliance with the working class and struggling against imperialism. The analyst of this moment was Perry Anderson the 29-year-old editor of New Left Review who, in an astonishing essay, published in Student Power (produced by the NLR collective), examined historically ‘The components of the national culture’. Britain, he argued, the most conservative major European society, had a culture in its own image and ...

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