Mass Communication and American Social Thought: Key Texts, 1919-1968

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Mass Communication and American Social Thought: Key Texts, 1919-1968

Editor John Durham Peters, Peter Simonson
Contribution by Jane Addams

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers | August 3, 2004 | Trade Paperback

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This anthology of hard-to-find primary documents provides a solid overview of the foundations of American media studies. Focusing on mass communication and society and how this research fits into larger patterns of social thought, this valuable collection features key texts covering the media studies traditions of the Chicago school, the effects tradition, the critical theory of the Frankfurt school, and mass society theory. Where possible, articles are reproduced in their entirety to preserve the historical flavor and texture of the original works. Topics include popular theater, yellow journalism, cinema, books, public relations, political and military propaganda, advertising, opinion polling, photography, the avant-garde, popular magazines, comics, the urban press, radio drama, soap opera, popular music, and television drama and news. This text is ideal for upper-level courses in mass communication and media theory, media and society, mass communication effects, and mass media history.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 552 pages, 3.91 × 2.76 × 0.4 in

Published: August 3, 2004

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0742528391

ISBN - 13: 9780742528390

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Mass Communication and American Social Thought: Key Texts, 1919-1968

Editor John Durham Peters, Peter Simonson
Contribution by Jane Addams

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 552 pages, 3.91 × 2.76 × 0.4 in

Published: August 3, 2004

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0742528391

ISBN - 13: 9780742528390

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Mass Communication and American Social Thought: Key Texts, 1919-1968 Part 2 Part I From Hope to Disillusionment: Mass Communication Theory Coalesces, 1919-1933 Chapter 3 1 "The Process of Social Change," from Political Science Quarterly (1897) Chapter 4 2 "The House of Dreams," from The Spirit of Youth and the City Streets (1909) Chapter 5 3 From Winesburg, Ohio (1919) Chapter 6 4 From Introduction to the Science of Sociology (1921) Chapter 7 5 "Nature, Communication, and Meaning," from Experience and Nature (1925) Chapter 8 6 "The Disenchanted Man," from The Phantom Public (1925) Chapter 9 7 "Criteria of Negro Art," from Crisis Magazine (1926) Chapter 10 8 "The Results of Propaganda," from Propaganda Technique in the World War (1927) Chapter 11 9 "Manipulating Public Opinion: The Why and the How" (1928) Chapter 12 10 From Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture (1929) Chapter 13 11 "Communication," from Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences (1931) Part 14 Part II The World in Turmoil: Communications Research, 1933-1949 Chapter 15 12 "Conclusion," from Movies and Conduct (1933) Chapter 16 13 "The Integration of Communication," from Communication Agencies and Social Life (1933) Chapter 17 14 "Toward a Critique of Negro Music," from Opportunity (1934) Chapter 18 15 From Technics and Civilization (1934) Chapter 19 16 "The Business Nobody Knows," from Our Master''s Voice (1934) Chapter 20 17 "The Influence of Radio upon Mental and Social Life,"
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This anthology of hard-to-find primary documents provides a solid overview of the foundations of American media studies. Focusing on mass communication and society and how this research fits into larger patterns of social thought, this valuable collection features key texts covering the media studies traditions of the Chicago school, the effects tradition, the critical theory of the Frankfurt school, and mass society theory. Where possible, articles are reproduced in their entirety to preserve the historical flavor and texture of the original works. Topics include popular theater, yellow journalism, cinema, books, public relations, political and military propaganda, advertising, opinion polling, photography, the avant-garde, popular magazines, comics, the urban press, radio drama, soap opera, popular music, and television drama and news. This text is ideal for upper-level courses in mass communication and media theory, media and society, mass communication effects, and mass media history.

About the Author

John Durham Peters is F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. Peter Simonson is assistant professor of communication at the University of Pittsburgh.

Editorial Reviews

Includes nearly 70 papers or excepts from important theorists and researchers over a half century period vital to the formation of an academic discipline. A very useful addition to the literature which should open links for new readers to important historical work.
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