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The SAGE Handbook of Media Studies examines the theories, practices, and future of this fast-growing field. Editor John Downing and associate editors Denis McQuail, Philip Schlesinger, and Ellen Wartella have brought together a team of international contributors to provide a varied critical analysis of this intensely interesting field of study. The Handbook offers a comprehensive review within five interconnected areas: humanistic and social scientific approaches; global and comparative perspectives; the relation of media to economy and power; media users; and elements in the media mosaic ranging from popular music to digital technologies, from media ethics to advertising, and from Hollywood and Bollywood to alternative media.

Media and the Reinvention of the Nation
Media and the reinvention of the nation

This chapter discusses approaches to the study of media and nations by reviewing the place of the media in historical accounts of the rise of modern nations and nationalism, the past and present of the “national” media, and the impact of media globalization on nations. Notwithstanding developments that, to some authors, seemingly undermine the centrality of “the national” in political and cultural processes, it is argued that “the national” remains important as a basis for cultural identity in the contemporary world. Neither subnational (local) nor supranational (regional and cosmopolitan) formations and identities offer viable alternative identities to minimize, let alone eliminate, nationalistic feelings. Together with other factors, the media greatly contribute to ...

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