Making Sense of Media and Politics

Making Sense of Media and Politics

In Making Sense of Media and Politics, Gadi Wolfsfeld introduces readers to the most important concepts that serve as a framework for examining the interrelationship of media and politics.

Author: Gadi Wolfsfeld

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136887680

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

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Politics is above all a contest, and the news media is the central arena for viewing that competition. In Making Sense of Media and Politics, Gadi Wolfsfeld introduces readers to the most important concepts that serve as a framework for examining the interrelationship of media and politics.
Categories: Political Science

Making Sense of Mediatized Politics

Making Sense of Mediatized Politics

This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Studies.

Author: Jesper Stromback

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317507031

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

View: 350

Over time and across Western democracies, the media has become increasingly influential, and a great deal more political processes have become altered, shaped or structured by the media and the perceived need of individuals, organizations and social systems to communicate with or through the media. The key theoretical perspective to understand this process is mediatization. As a long-term process which has increased the importance of the media and their spill-over effects on political processes, institutions, organizations and actors, mediatization is one of the most important processes reshaping politics and transforming democracies across the Western world. While the theoretical perspective of mediatization has become increasingly popular in recent years, scholarly understanding of the mediatization process and its antecedents, consequences and contingencies are still hampered by unresolved questions and a lack of systematic empirical studies. This volume addresses this by bringing together contributions that analyze and investigate different facets of the mediatization of politics, making a significant contribution to our theoretical as well as empirical understanding of the mediatization of politics, and setting the agenda for further research on the mediatization of politics. This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Studies.
Categories: Social Science

Making Sense of Pain Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Making Sense of Pain  Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

1M McLagan, 'Principles, Publicity, and Politics: Notes on Human Rights Media,'
American Anthropologist, Vol. 105, 2003, pp. 605-612. 2 ibid., p. 608. 3 ibid., p.
606-608. M McLagan, 'Introduction: Making Human Rights Claim Public,' ...

Author: Jane Fernandez

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9781848880368

Category: Social Science

Page: 295

View: 636

This conference proceeding provides an attempt to extend the conversation on pain; the boundaries of the word painA are characteristically blurred by connotations of suffering and trauma. The variety of papers in this collection transgress these boundaries knowingly, inviting a more expansive rather than narrow definition of pain.
Categories: Social Science

The emotional politics of social work and child protection

The emotional politics of social work and child protection

Emotional politics, the press and the death of Baby P', British Journal of Social
Work, first published online 4 March ... Wolfsfeld, G. (2011) Making sense of
media and politics: Five principles in political communication, Abingdon:

Author: Warner, Joanne

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781447318460

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 253

For several decades, social work and child protection systems have been subject to accelerating cycles of crisis and reform, with each crisis involving intense media and political scrutiny. In understanding the nature and causes of this cycle, little attention has been paid to the importance of collective emotions. Using a range of cases from the UK, and also considering cases from the Netherlands, the US and New Zealand, this book introduces the concept of emotional politics. It shows how collective emotions, such as anger, shame, fear and disgust, are central to constructions of risk and blame, and are generated and reflected by official documents, politicians and the media. The book considers strategies for challenging these ‘emotional politics’, including identifying models for a more politically engaged stance for the social work profession.
Categories: Social Science

European Public Opinion and Turkey s Accession Making Sense of Arguments For and Against

European Public Opinion and Turkey s Accession  Making Sense of Arguments For and Against

A better understanding of the dynamics of public opinion and its impact on
politics and policy-making in the EU is thus ... In the debate that followed, both
media and political discourses often cited opposition to enlargement in general (
and ...


Publisher: CEPS

ISBN: 9789290797203


Page: 72

View: 875

"This paper takes an in-depth look at European citizens' attitudes towards Turkey's accession to the EU and explains which elements are key in determining support for or opposition to Turkish membership. We use new data, derived from the new questions measuring citizens' attitudes towards Turkey that have recently been introduced in Eurobarometer questionnaires."--CEPS website.

Making Sense of Television

Making Sense of Television

Most important, the set of questions which I raise in this book have become
accepted research foci within media and communications—how people make
sense of television, how media representations relate to or are incorporated
within ...

Author: Sonia Livingstone

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134970483

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

View: 895

Taking the soap opera as a case study, this book explores the 'parasocial interaction' people engage in with television programmes. It looks at the nature of the 'active viewer' and the role of the text in social psychology. It also investigates the existing theoretical models offered by social psychology and other discourses. This second edition takes into account recent research work and theoretical developments in fields such as narrative psychology, social representation theory and ethnographic work on audiences, and look forward to the developing role of audience research. It will be an essential study for students and lecturers in social psychology and media studies.
Categories: Psychology

Making Sense of Governance

Making Sense of Governance

Now , however , Making Sense of Governance clearly shows the utility of
research on governance , presenting empirical evidence from sixteen developing
countries . The authors focus on six arenas : civil , political , and economic society
and the executive , bureaucracy , and judiciary . ... recently , Development and
Democracy : What Have We Learned and How ? and Media and Democracy in
Africa .

Author: Goran Hyden

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers

ISBN: 1588262677

Category: Political Science

Page: 262

View: 675

The first conclusive, empirical demonstration of the utility of research on governance.
Categories: Political Science

Making Sense of Women s Lives

Making Sense of Women s Lives

Families , schools , the economy , the political structure , the media , and other
institutional structures help to define what it means to be a person in a female
body . Part I of this book applies a life cycle approach to what it means to be
female in ...

Author: Michelle Plott

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0939693534

Category: Social Science

Page: 572

View: 735

Making Sense of Women's Lives presents a wide range of writings about women's lives in the United States. Michele Plott and Lauri Umansky have drawn on their experiences as both students and professors to assemble the collection. Seeking to provide as full a sampling from a diverse and intellectually vibrant field as one volume permits, the editors have also chosen writing that makes an enjoyable read. A few of the selections here represent the undisputed 'classics' of the field. More of them constitute simply the works, drawn from academic and nonacademic sources alike, that could make a difference in understanding what it means to be female in America. Making Sense of Women's Lives is intended as the primary text in Women's Studies courses. With that usage in mind, Plott and Umansky have provided brief introductions to each article to help students understand the author's perspectives. Thought and discussion questions follow each selection. The book contains, as well, numerous "Flash Exercises" suggestions for class exercises and activities. The editors have used these activities in their courses over the past decade, in conjunction with readings in this volume, and have found that the full complement of materials coalesces into an intellectually powerful introduction to Women's Studies. A Collegiate Press book
Categories: Social Science

Making Sense of Nature

Making Sense of Nature

The news media, wildlife documentaries, science magazines and environmental
NGOs are among those clamouring for our attention. ... Making sense of nature
shows that what we call 'nature' is made sense of for us in ways that make it
central to social order, social change ... philosophy, politics, sociology, science
studies, this interdisciplinary text asks whether we can better make sense of
nature for ...

Author: Noel Castree

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134613830

Category: Nature

Page: 376

View: 616

We listen to a cacophony of voices instructing us how to think and feel about nature, including our own bodies. The news media, wildlife documentaries, science magazines, and environmental NGOs are among those clamouring for our attention. But are we empowered by all this knowledge or is our dependence on various communities allowing our thoughts, sentiments and activities to be unduly governed by others? Making Sense of Nature shows that what we call ‘nature’ is made sense of for us in ways that make it central to social order, social change and social dissent. By utilising insights and extended examples from anthropology, cultural studies, human geography, philosophy, politics, sociology, science studies, this interdisciplinary text asks whether we can better make sense of nature for ourselves, and thus participate more meaningfully in momentous decisions about the future of life – human and non-human – on the planet. This book shows how ‘nature’ can be made sense of without presuming its naturalness. The challenge is not so much to rid ourselves of the idea of nature and its ‘collateral concepts’ (such as genes) but instead, we need to be more alert to how, why and with what effects ideas about ‘nature’ get fashioned and deployed in specific situations. Among other things, the book deals with science and scientists, the mass media and journalists, ecotourism, literature and cinema, environmentalists, advertising and big business. This innovative text contains numerous case studies and examples from daily life to put theory and subject matter into context, as well as study tasks, a glossary and suggested further reading. The case studies cover a range of topics, range from forestry in Canada and Guinea, to bestiality in Washington State, to how human genetics is reported in Western newspapers, to participatory science experiments in the UK. Making Sense of Nature will empower readers from a wide range of fields across the social sciences, humanities and physical sciences.
Categories: Nature

Why Current Affairs Needs Social Theory

Why Current Affairs Needs Social Theory

—(1994[1919]), 'The Profession and Vocation of Politics', in P. Lassman and R.
Speirs (eds), Max Weber: Political Writings. Cambridge: ... Wolfsfeld, G. (2011),
Making Sense of Media and Politics: Five Principles in Political Communication.

Author: Rob Stones

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781780931791

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 517

Television news is frequently disparaged by thoughtful commentators for its preoccupation with drama and spectacle at the expense of serious, in-depth, engagement with the critical issues it covers. Whilst insisting these charges possess more than a small dose of truth, Rob Stones argues for more emphasis to be placed on strengthening the capacities of audiences. Drawing from major traditions in social thought, and on academic media analysis, Stones provides the conceptual tools for audiences to bring greater sophistication to their interpretations, developing their capacity to think across items and genres. A detailed account of an episode of the Danish political drama, Borgen, reveals the extent to which its viewers already deploy similar concepts and skills in order to follow its storylines. Stones shows how audiences can refine these skills further and demonstrates their value with respect to a wide range of current affairs texts, including: Israeli settlers on the West Bank; the Rwandan genocide; the Egyptian 'revolution'; the Obama administration's immigration reform bill; the bases of Germany's economic success; the conflict between 'red shirts' and 'yellow shirts' in Thailand; China's diplomatic relations with Burma; and scandals of mistreatment within the UK and Swedish healthcare systems. The book shows that everyone's understanding of current affairs can be significantly enhanced by social theory. It will be relevant to students of sociology, politics, media studies and journalism at all levels.
Categories: Social Science

Abortion Politics Mass Media and Social Movements in America

Abortion Politics  Mass Media  and Social Movements in America

Here we see the potential tradeoffs associated with different choices as well as
why the decision to avoid media attention makes sense in certain circumstances.
For example, negative media attention can result from the actions of opponents
or ...

Author: Deana A. Rohlinger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107069237

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

View: 887

Weaving together analyses of archival material, news coverage, and interviews conducted with journalists from mainstream and partisan outlets as well as with activists across the political spectrum, Deana A. Rohlinger reimagines how activists use a variety of mediums, sometimes simultaneously, to agitate for - and against - legal abortion. Rohlinger's in-depth portraits of four groups - the National Right to Life Committee, Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women, and Concerned Women for America - illuminates when groups use media and why they might choose to avoid media attention altogether. Rohlinger expertly reveals why some activist groups are more desperate than others to attract media attention and sheds light on what this means for policy making and legal abortion in the twenty-first century.
Categories: Political Science

Politics Society and the Media Second Edition

Politics  Society  and the Media  Second Edition

Alger, The Media and Politics, 144. ... Michele Martin, Communication and Mass
Media: Culture, Domination, and Opposition (Scarborough, ON: Prentice Hall
Allyn and Bacon, 1997), ... Tuchman in Cayley, “Making Sense of the News,” 128.

Author: Paul Nesbitt-Larking

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442604285

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

View: 634

Politics, Society, and the Media is the first comprehensive political sociology of the media to be published in Canada. Paul Nesbitt-Larking draws upon a range of disciplines, including cultural and media studies, political economy, social theory, and political science to provide an analysis of the relationship between power and representation in Canada. The framework for the book presents a model of the mutual interaction between politics and the media. Attention is focused in the early chapters on how cultural, ideological, economic, and governmental forces shape and condition the production of media in Canada. Chapters on the work of Innis, Grant, McLuhan, and their postmodern successors place the evolution of McLuhan's theoretical argument that "the medium is the message" at the heart of the book. Canadian identity, and how to understand Canadian media politically, is the subject of a chapter on textual analysis. Two extensive chapters follow on the media’s influence and effects on politics. In addition to standard topics on politics and the media, this new edition offers much more: an examination of the media on the politics of gender and aboriginal peoples, the micro-politics of the media workplace, and an exploration of important media-related considerations. Throughout, reference is made to relevant and compelling issues placed within the context of media theory.
Categories: Political Science

Making Sense of Corruption in India

Making Sense of Corruption in India

organisations and politicians called for a new transparency and disempowe- red
the old patron-rulers (Hauschild 2000). ... media and civil society in many
democratic societies have also become more independent and often exposed
corrupt ...

Author: Mira Fels

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783825813840

Category: Social Science

Page: 141

View: 499

Corruption, a major problem in the present, global world, is a very complex phenomenon. It has economic, political and ethical aspects and is simultaneously a global and a local issue. This anthropological study shows how actors in Indian society are entangled in hierarchical relations of social, economic and political inequality that breed corruption, yet also how resistance against corruption takes place in local context. By exposing the complexity of corruption and also by questioning apparently simple remedies, this rich study certainly contributes to "making sense" of corruption in India.
Categories: Social Science

Cultural Studies Goes to School

Cultural Studies Goes to School

2. Making. Sense. of. the. Media: From. Reading. to. Culture. Public debates
about education and culture often invoke ... value but from much more
fundamental concerns about the negative moral, intellectual and political effects
of the media.

Author: David Buckingham

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0748402004

Category: Education

Page: 229

View: 629

Deals with relationship of popular culture outside the school and experiences of media education in the school curriculum
Categories: Education

Making Sense of Construction Improvement

Making Sense of Construction Improvement

Britain suddenly felt good about itself and Margaret Thatcher was the immediate
political beneficiary. ... Politics was also increasingly conducted in the harsh glare
of the media, and soundbites were becomingmore importantthan wellthought ...

Author: Stuart D. Green

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444341081

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 392

View: 714

The book sets out deliberately to challenge the current construction improvement debate and the way in which it is conducted. It confronts the supposedly neutral nature of construction 'best practice' and demonstrates that that the advocated recipes seldom stand up to critical scrutiny. It further argues that commonly accepted components of best practice such as lean construction, partnering and collaborative working rarely live up to the claims made on their behalf. Such recipes invariably suffer from definitional vagueness, and are constantly reinterpreted to suit the needs the different audiences. Making Sense of Construction Improvement argues that construction sector improvement techniques cannot be understood in terms of their substantive content, and are best understood in terms of the rhetoric within which they are presented. The author also contends that the persuasiveness of such recipes depends upon the extent to which practitioners can adopt them for the purposes of making sense of the changes they observe happening around them. To be accepted as 'best practice' construction improvement techniques must also resonate with broader agendas of socio-technological change. The author charts how the best practice debate has developed from the aftermath of the Second World War through to the election of David Cameron's coalition government in 2010. Attention is given to the way in which the improvement debate throughout the 1960s and 70s was shaped by the broader aspirations of the post-war social consensus and the associated desire for a centrally planned economy. Attention thereafter is given to the way the construction sector was radically re-shaped by the advent of the enterprise culture. The privatisation of the sector's client base, coupled with the withdrawal of the state as a provider of mass housing, caused a significant and long-lasting shift in the construction landscape. Private sector clients similarly experienced extensive downsizing while outsourcing their procurement capabilities. Such strategies were frequently justified by mobilising the rhetoric of business process re-engineering (BPR). Contracting firms simultaneously faced unpredictable workloads and increasing market competition. In response, the sector at large chose to base their competitive advantage on leanness and agility. Hence the emergence of the hollowed-out firm as the dominant form of organising. These structural trends combined to provide the backcloth to the industry improvement agenda throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Making Sense of Construction Improvement argues that the popularity of improvement recipes such as partnering, collaborative working and integrated teams can be understood as strategies for overcoming the loss of control associated with downsizing and outsourcing. In contrast to other textbooks, Making Sense of Construction Improvement does not offer advice on how to manage construction projects more effectively; the aim is rather to understand the forces which have shaped the construction sector improvement agenda over time.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

A Companion to Television

A Companion to Television

He is the author, co- author or editor of 17 books, including The Making of
Citizens: Young People, News, and Politics ... The Making of Television Literacy (
1993), and Watching Media Learning: Making Sense Of Media Education (1990).

Author: Janet Wasko

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405198776

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 648

View: 576

A Companion to Television is a magisterial collection of 31 original essays that charter the field of television studies over the past century Explores a diverse range of topics and theories that have led to television s current incarnation, and predict its likely future Covers technology and aesthetics, television s relationship to the state, televisual commerce; texts, representation, genre, internationalism, and audience reception and effects Essays are by an international group of first–rate scholars For information, news, and content from Blackwell′s reference publishing program please visit
Categories: Performing Arts

Making Sense of the Social World

Making Sense of the Social World

Hehasalsostudiedinfluences onwell-being,satisfaction,andcognitivefunctioning;
processesoforganizationalchangeandthe delivery of case management; decision
making in juvenile justice and in union admissions; political participation; media ...

Author: Daniel F. Chambliss

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 9781412969390

Category: Social Science

Page: 327

View: 833

Making Sense of the Social World is an engaging and innovative introduction to social research for students who need to understand methodologies and results, but who may never conduct the research themselves. It provides a balanced treatment of qualitative and quantitative methods, integrating substantive examples and research techniques, and is written in a less formal style than many comparable texts, with examples drawn from everyday experience: a text that students actually like to read!The text covers all the essential elements of social research methods including validity, causation, experimental and quasi-experimental design, and techniques of analysis - topics cited as most challenging for students. A student study site with journal articles and online interactive exercises, and chapter examples with emphasis on everyday experiences and current newsworthy issues assist student's understanding.This Third Edition now contains:- A new chapter with revised material on evaluation research- A new chapter on research ethics.- More contemporary web-based research instruction.- Updated End-of-chapter exercises, including new ethics exercises.- Boxed features: "When Things Go Wrong in Social Research"
Categories: Social Science

Making Sense

Making Sense

Cognitive illnesses such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) in
children, or cognitive overflow syndrome in adults, are arguably caused by the
media and audio-visual technological industry. As a consequence, Stiegler then
argues ...

Author: Lorna Collins

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472573193

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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Making Sense utilises art practice as a pro-active way of thinking that helps us to make sense of the world. It does this by developing an applied understanding of how we can use art as a method of healing and as a critical method of research. Drawing from poststructuralist philosophy, psychoanalysis, arts therapies, and the creative processes of a range of contemporary artists, the book appeals to the fields of art theory, the arts therapies, aesthetics and art practice, whilst it opens the regenerative affects of art-making to everyone. It does this by proposing the agency of 'transformative therapeutics', which defines how art helps us to make sense of the world, by activating, nourishing and understanding a particular world view or situation therein. The purpose of the book is to question and understand how and why art has this facility and power, and make the creative and healing properties of certain modes of expression widely accessible, practical and useful.
Categories: Philosophy

Making Sense of Sports

Making Sense of Sports

Through his media empire, he had the kind of leverage “undreamed of by
bushleaguers like William Randolph Hearst,” as Thomas Frank puts it in his “The
new gilded age” (1997a: 25). The meshing of media and sports into a combined ...

Author: Ernest Cashmore

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415348546

Category: Social Science

Page: 520

View: 650

This book looks at sport not just as recreation, but as an integral part of contemporary culture, with connections to industry, commerce and politics. It explores the history and theories of sport, and touches on more controversial issues.
Categories: Social Science

Making Sense of Anarchism

Making Sense of Anarchism

Shaffer, K.R., Anarchism and Countercultural Politics in Early TwentiethCentury
Cuba (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005). ———, 'Havana Hub:
Cuban Anarchism, Radical Media, and the TransCaribbeanAnarchist Network, ...

Author: Davide Turcato

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137271402

Category: History

Page: 275

View: 638

Can we make sense of anarchism or is that an oxymoron? Guided by the principle that someone else's rationality is not an empirical finding but a methodological presumption, this book addresses that question as it investigates the ideas and action of one of the most prominent and underrated anarchists of all times: the Italian, Errico Malatesta.
Categories: History