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Reality television remains a pervasive form of television programming within our culture. The new mantra is go big or go home, be weird or be invisible. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty , for example, are arguably two of the most compelling reality…
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In the popular misconception fostered by blockbuster action movies and best-selling thrillers--not to mention conventional explanations by social scientists--violence is easy under certain conditions, like poverty, racial or ideological hatreds, or family…
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How do fiction, film, music, the Internet, and plastic, performative, and fine arts negotiate their shapes, formats, and contents in our contemporary world? More important, how does their interaction shape their techniques of representation, strategies of…

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Qui avait conscience que l'histoire de l'exploration du Congo avait commencé par celle d'un simple et banal reportage du journaliste Henri M. Stanley ? La presse, instrument de diffusion et de transmission de l'information, est aussi productrice de l'histoire. A…
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Diversity and the Media offers a concise and interdisciplinary overview of the relationship between diversity and media. Focusing on media regulation in democratic societies throughout, individual chapters explore how different conceptions of diversity relate to…
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What is it about the concept of “home” that makes its loss so profound and devastating, and how should the trauma of exile and alienation be approached theologically? M. Jan Holton examines the psychological, social, and theological impact of forced displacement…

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This book examines how media have brought about or paced dramatic political events in Southeast Asia over the last two decades. It highlights a situation where media dynamics are no longer a simple formula of state control versus media resistance. The state can…
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"The purpose of this book is to inform governance advisors about the vital role of the news media for governance reform. This book approaches the issue of news media and governance with three broad questions that it attempts to answer on the basis of quantitative…

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Authenticity is much sought after; being described as inauthentic is an insult or an embarrassment. Being authentic suggests that a given behaviour or performance is reflective of a ‘trueness’ or ‘genuineness’ to one’s identity. From a social science perspective…
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The number of refugees forced to dump their homes and countries in search of safety has significantly increased. At the same time, governments commitment to offering asylum is dwindling, as is their political will to resolve the human rights disasters from which…

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The concept of identity has steadily emerged in importance in the field of intercultural communication, especially over the last two decades. In a transnational world marked by complex connectivity as well as enduring differences and power inequities, it is…
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Big Media, Big Money is a lively and scathing critique of the contemporary communications industry, examining how media ownership and the profit-making motive affect the messages we receive in alarming ways. Through close readings of recent news events and…