'…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.

Communication and Language

Communication and Language
Communication and language

Austin, Grice, Sacks, Levinson, UK/USA, 1950s-1970s

A distinctive aspect of the post-war ‘turn’ towards the ordinary and the everyday, which I have traced thus far in relation to the study of culture in Britain and of the sociology of interaction in America, shows up again, in new ways of thinking about philosophy and language that crossed the Atlantic in the same period. In the 1950s, a philosophy of ordinary language began to be developed in Oxford by J.L. Austin which proved to be highly influential, particularly in Harvard. His Oxford contemporary, H. Paul Grice, made a fundamental contribution to thinking about language as communication which laid the foundations for a new field of ...

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