Defining Media Studies: Reflections on the Future of the Field

Paperback | November 1, 1993

EditorMark Levy, Michael Gurevitch

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The last two issues of the 1993 Journal of Communication featured a discipline-wide self-analysis, collecting over fifty essays by giants in the field as well as many up-and-coming scholars. Now available in a single volume for courses in communications theory and practice, this collectivereconnaissance of scholarship and research in the field makes a fundamental contribution to understanding the very essence of media studies. Representing a wide range of intellectual perspectives, Defining Media Studies incorporates the growing presence and significance of such technological mediaas the computer Net, virtual reality, and fiber optic telecommunication. Maintaining that such leaps in communication now help to define the parameters of media reality, the editors argue that these phenomena must draw the scholarly attention of media studies. The resulting volume of essaysemphasizes this shift in the field, presenting insight into interfaces, telecommunications, the Information Society, media economics, "imagined communities", and many other issues, both old and new, familiar and not so familiar.

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The last two issues of the 1993 Journal of Communication featured a discipline-wide self-analysis, collecting over fifty essays by giants in the field as well as many up-and-coming scholars. Now available in a single volume for courses in communications theory and practice, this collectivereconnaissance of scholarship and research in t...

Mark Levy is at University of Maryland College of Journalism.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.76 × 6.89 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Audiences and InstitutionsSonia M. Livingstone: The Rise and Fall of Audience Research: An Old Story With a New EndingDavid Morley: Active Audience Theory: Pendulums and PitfallsKlaus Bruhn Jensen: Problems and Potentials of Historical Reception StudiesHerbert J. Gans: Reopening the Black Box: Toward a Limited Effects TheoryGaye Tuchman: Realism and Romance: The Study of Media EffectsSeth Geiger and John Newhagen: Revealing the Black Box: Information Processing and Media EffectsRobert M. Entman: Framing: Toward Clarification of a Fractured ParadigmFrank Biocca: Communication Research in the Design of Communication Interfaces and SystemsIto Youichi: The Future of Political Communication Research: A Japanese PerspectiveBarbie Zelizer: Has Communication Explained Journalism?Rethinking the Critical TraditionLawrence Grossberg: Can Cultural Studies Find True Happiness in Communication?Robert W. McChesney: Critical Communication Research at the CrossroadsEileen R. Meehan, Vincent Mosco, and Janet Wasko: Rethinking Political Economy: Change and ContinuityDan Schiller: Back to the Future: Prospects for Study of Communication as a Social ForceThe Search for a Usable HistoryEverett M. Rogers and Steven H. Chafee: The Past and the Future of Communication Study: Convergence or Divergence? An exchangeJohn Durham Peters: Genealogical Notes on "The Field"Susan Herbst: History, Philosophy, and Public Opinion ResearchThe Academic WarsPamela J. Shoemaker: Communication in Crisis: Theory, Curricula, and PowerLana F. Rakow: The Curriculum Is the FutureDavid Swanson: Fragmentation, the Field, and the FutureAnandam P. Kavoori and Michael Gurevitch: The Purebred and the Platypus: Disciplinarity and Site in Mass Communication ResearchJose Marques de Melo: Communication Research: New Challenges of the Latin American SchoolAcknowledgementIndex

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"Excellent collection. I am considering this as a text for a graduate theory course."--James Parker, University of Wisconsin-Superior