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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.

Society, Culture, and Media: Thinking Comparatively
Society, culture, and media: Thinking comparatively
Introduction: Why a Comparative Frame?

Culture, Raymond Williams once wrote (1985, p. 87), is one of the most complex words in the English language. In addition, society and media are hardly simple terms. In the 21st century, it is clear not only that these are complex words but also, and more important, that the analysis of the relations between the three terms encounters some of the most contentious and complicated dynamics in the contemporary world.

Author's Note: I'd like to thank JD for his patience, support, and very helpful editing and Gholam Khiabany for help with Iranian materials.

I propose to take a comparative frame to explore these issues, using Britain, the United States, and Iran as ...

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