Mediated Society: A Critical Sociology of Media

Paperback | March 8, 2011

byJohn D. Jackson, Greg M. Nielsen, Yon Hsu

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aTaking a sociological approach to the study of mass media, Mediated Society explores how the media affects individuals and society. Within this unique framework, the authors analyze media and mass communication as a social rather than as a technological construct while addressing issues such asdemocracy, citizenship, class, gender, and cultural diversity. Drawing attention to the way in which media frames everyday experiences and events, the text examines media and communication in urban, national, and global settings, as well as the power and structure of dominant mass media. With a widerange of Canadian and international examples, along with two real-life case studies and a wealth of pedagogical features throughout, this innovative, engaging text encourages students to consider how social identities, norms, and values are mediated by various forms of mass communication.

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aTaking a sociological approach to the study of mass media, Mediated Society explores how the media affects individuals and society. Within this unique framework, the authors analyze media and mass communication as a social rather than as a technological constru...

John D. Jackson is professor emeritus and former professor of sociology at Concordia University in Montreal. He is a senior research fellow with Concordia University's Centre for Broadcasting Studies and was a member of the Canadian Editorial Board of the former Journal of Radio Studies. He is presently involved in research addressing...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.58 inPublished:March 8, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsPart 1: Sociology, Communication, and Citizenship1. Sources for a Critical Sociology of Mediated SocietyIntroductionCritical Sociology: Exposing the Gap Between Real and Imaginary AudiencesMedia Centred ApproachesDecentred ApproachesUndoing Gender NormsSummaryEnhanced Learning ActivitiesAnnotated Further ReadingUseful Media2. The Public SphereIntroductionPublic SpacesMedia and Public SpacesThe State and the Commercial ImperativeSummaryEnhanced Learning ActivitiesAnnotated Further ReadingNotes3. Citizenship and AudiencesIntroductionMediated Society as a Social SystemAudiences: Real or Imagined?Audiences through the Lens of Social ResearchThe Media System And ResponsibilitySummaryEnhanced Learning ActivitiesAnnotated Further ReadingUseful MediaNotes4. Consumption and AdvertisingIntroductionConsumption: The Paradoxical PhenomenonThe Marxist Perspective on Production and ConsumptionGeorg Simmel on Fashion and Urban LifeLeisure Class, Gender, and Conspicuous ConsumptionClassical Sociology of Consumption: The LimitationCultural Capital and Social ClassFeminist Critiques: Gender, Political Economy, and ConsumptionAdvertising as Mass CommunicationDe Certeau on Agency, Interpretation, and AdvertisingSummaryEnhanced Learning ActivitiesAnnotated Further ReadingUseful MediaNotes5. New Media, New World?IntroductionNew Media: A Contemporary PhenomenonNew Media: A Historical PhenomenonThe Sociological Imagination of New MediaTV: A Continued DebateNew Media and Political ViolenceSummaryEnhanced Learning ActivitiesAnnotated Further ReadingUseful MediaNotesPart II: Media Events and the Sociological Imagination6. Global Media EventsIntroductionWhat Is Globalization?Global Media Domination and ResistanceFraming the NewsGlobal Media Events as SpectaclesMediating Citizenship Through Global Media EventsMissing Global Media EventsDehumanization and EffacementMissing News from the Global SouthSummaryEnhanced Learning ActivitiesAnnotated Further ReadingUseful Media7. National Media EventsIntroductionMultinational Canada and Public BroadcastingA Double-Faced Janus: National Media, Social Order, and DisorderEnglish Canada: A Mediated Absent NationMulticultural Framing: Common Memories and National HistoriesSummaryEnhanced Learning ActivitiesAnnotated Further ReadingUseful Media8. Urban Media Events: Toronto and Montreal Case StudiesIntroductionSeriocomedy, Newspapers, and the Well-Ordered CityNational Public Broadcasting the Cultures of Urban LaughterToronto and the Absent NationAmalgamation Debates: Normal Disorder of the City?Montreal and the Absent RegionCrossover VoicesSummaryEnhanced Learning ActivitiesAnnotated Further ReadingUseful MediaNotesPart III: Social Problems through Journalism and Media9. Reporting on Social ProblemsIntroductionWhat Makes a Problem Social?Reporting on Social ProblemsSocial Problems Imagined through EntertainmentSummaryEnhanced Learning ActivitiesAnnotated Further ReadingUseful MediaNotes10. Journalism and Seriocomedy: Framing Poverty in Montreal MediaIntroductionLes Bougons: Seriocomedy and PovertyStudying Newspapers: Frame Analysis and Keyword SearchDirect Talk in the Press: 'The Poorest of the Poor''Our TV Poor' are at PeaceJournalistic Polemics on Politicians, Developers, and the StateSeriocomedy as Anarchy: Against the Common GoodIndirect Talk: Journalistic Accounts of Poor Reporting on PoorSummaryEnhanced Learning ActivitiesAnnotated Further ReadingUseful MediaNotes11. Framing Immigration as a Social Problem in The New York TimesIntroductionOn US Immigration and New York CityWhat Is Conditional Hospitality?Just, Unjust, and ExtremeMulticultural Practices and Changing FacesGovernance: Official Discourse and Political ShocksSocial Movements: The Astonishment of Social SolidarityHow Can Public Journalism Reduce the Gap?SummaryEnhanced Learning ActivitiesAnnotated Further ReadingUseful MediaNotesGlossaryReferencesIndex

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"[Mediated Society] will fill a huge gap in a field that has become dominated by humanities and journalistic perspectives. At a time in which there is a developing consensus that interdisciplinary communication studies needs to embrace social theory more seriously, it is likely to be welcomedby those in communication studies programs as well as those in sociology and other social science departments." --James Pettit, Marianopolis College