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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.

Bollywood and Indian Cinema: Changing Contexts and Articulations of National Cultural Desire
Bollywood and Indian cinema: Changing contexts and articulations of national cultural desire

One may justifiably regard the recent attention that Bollywood has evoked among distributors and audiences in the West as but the latest twist in a story where the first steps towards shaping a recognizably Indian cinema began just over a hundred years ago. The development of Indian cinema may most profitably be seen as part of creative struggles on the subcontinent to shape a cultural modernity through an engagement, firstly, with the agenda of the colonial state and, subsequently, with that of its postcolonial counterpart. In sketching the role of the commercial film industry in shaping distinctive cinematic institutions and practices, as ...

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