Media Sociology

A Reappraisal

Author: Silvio Waisbord

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745684076

Category: Social Science

Page: 120

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Where is sociology in contemporary media studies? How do sociological questions and arguments shape media analysis? These are the questions addressed in this timely collection on media sociology. Sociology was fundamental in defining the analytical boundaries of early media studies, from the study of news and communities to media effects and public opinion, in the first half of the last century. Since then, media sociology has experienced significant changes that have led to new theoretical questions and thematic priorities. This book aims to reassess the past and present relationship between media studies and sociology. With original contributions from leading scholars, Media Sociology: A Reappraisal examines the significance of sociology for the study of media economics, industries, news, audiences, journalism, and digital technologies, and the links between media and race, gender, and class. As a whole, this much-needed volume takes a retrospective view to trace the evolution of media sociology and assess current research directions.
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Journalism and Human Rights

How Demographics Drive Media Coverage

Author: John C. Pollock

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317512715

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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This book is the first collection of original research to explore links between demographics and media coverage of emerging human rights issues. It covers cross-national reporting on human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, water contamination, and child labour; and same-sex marriage, Guantanamo detainee rights, immigration reform, and post-traumatic stress disorder in the United States. The research asks questions such as: What are the principal catalysts that propel rights issues into media agendas? Why do some surface more quickly than others? And how do the demographics of cross-national reporting differ from those driving multi-city US nationwide coverage of rights claims? Using community structure theory and innovative Media Vector content analysis, the eight chapters of this book reveal three striking patterns that show how differences in female empowerment, social or economic vulnerability, and Midwestern newspaper geographic location, link powerfully with variations in coverage of rights issues. The patterns connecting demographics and rights claims confirm that coverage of human rights can mirror the concerns of stakeholders and vulnerable groups, contrary to conventional assumptions that media typically serve as "guard dogs" reinforcing the interests of political and economic elites. This book was originally published as a special issue of The Atlantic Journal of Communication.
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Advancing Media Production Research

Shifting Sites, Methods, and Politics

Author: Chris Paterson,David Lee,Anamik Saha,Anna Zoellner

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137541946

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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This anthology explores challenges to understanding the nature of cultural production, exploring innovative new research approaches and improvements to old approaches, such as newsroom ethnography, which will enable clearer, fuller understanding of the workings of journalism and other forms of media and cultural production.
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Digital Broadcasting

An Introduction to New Media

Author: Jo Pierson,Joke Bauwens

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147251727X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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Digital Broadcasting presents an introduction to how the classic notion of 'broadcasting' has evolved and is being reinterpreted in an age of digitization and convergence. The book argues that 'digital broadcasting' is not a contradiction in terms, but-on the contrary-both terms presuppose and need each other. Drawing upon an interdisciplinary and international field of research and theory, it looks at current developments in television and radio broadcasting on the level of regulation and policy, industries and economics, production and content, and audience and consumption practices.
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Media Movements

Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America

Author: María Soledad Segura,Silvio Waisbord

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1783604654

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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*Winner of the AEJMC-Knudson Latin America Prize 2017* Social movements throughout contemporary Latin America are successfully influencing and shaping media policy. In this highly original, detailed, and in-depth study, Silvio Waisbord and María Soledad Segura scrutinize the goals, tactics, and impact of civic media movements across the region, demonstrating the full extent of media activism on domestic policy and politics. Media Movements goes beyond simple conceptions of 'the national' versus 'the global' to reveal the complicated process of media policy-making, and to evaluate the significance of local political elites and citizens, global actors, and legal frameworks. With success rates varying across the region, the authors offer an assessment of the impact of citizens' mobilization on policy-making, as well as the effects of legislation on ownership, funding, community media, non-profit media, and public media.
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Talcott Parsons Today

His Theory and Legacy in Contemporary Sociology

Author: A. Javier Treviño

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742509580

Category: Social Science

Page: 259

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Talcott Parsons Today offers a reappraisal—and extension—of the work of the most significant and influential twentieth-century sociologist. The volume consists of original essays by prominent Parsons scholars from around the world. It contributes to the current controversy surrounding an important sociological figure.
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Why Viewers Watch

A Reappraisal of Television's Effects

Author: Jib Fowles

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803940772

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 281

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Substantially updated, this revised edition of Why Viewers Watch presents recent research, overlooked past studies and fresh survey data to offer an alternative perspective on the role of television and how it serves its viewers psychologically. Fowles argues that television is a `grandly therapeutic force' - a tension-reliever of great benefit to viewers. He also examines the phenomenon of media snobbery - anti-television attitudes proliferated by those who want to feel superior to others by denigrating television viewing.
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Sociology in Perspective

Author: Mark Kirby

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435331603

Category: Sociology

Page: 831

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This text, specifically for AQA specifications, is designed to be easy and encouraging for students to use. The book contains updated material and activities together with a new chapter on study skills. It also indicates clearly where activities meet the new evidence requirements for key skills.
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Understanding media cultures

social theory and mass communication

Author: Nick Stevenson

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd

ISBN: 9780803989306

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

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"Nick Stevenson argues that the social-theoretical perspectives considered all highlight different aspects of media culture. This is a fresh and interesting argument, and Stevenson makes his case for the reflexive utilization of media theories with great skill. The book is an important social-theoretical contribution to media studies." --Anthony Elliott in Sociology Author Nick Stevenson provides a broad theoretical overview of the ways that the theories of contemporary society have tried to deal with the media's place in the production and reproduction of culture. At the same time, he illuminates the relationship between general social theories and the range of communication theories of the medium and the message--concepts of media, production, communication, and reception. The key social theories of mass communication are explained in detail and subjected to critical scrutiny. Individual theorists examined include Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall, Jürgen Habermas, Marshall McLuhan, Fredric Jameson, and Jean Baudrillard. The book also covers the important traditions of media analysis from feminism to cultural studies. Understanding Media Cultures is essential reading for students and scholars in mass communication, social theory, sociology of the media, and cultural studies.
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Arab Television Today

Author: Naomi Sakr

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857737481

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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There is a great deal at stake for everyone in the future of Arab television. Political and social upheavals in this central but unsettled region are increasingly played out on television screens and in the tussles over programming that take place behind them. Al-Jazeera is of course only one player among a still-growing throng of satellite channels, which now include private terrestrial stations in some Arab states. It is an industry urgently needing to be made sense of; this book does exactly this in a very readable and authoritative way, through exploring and explaining the evolving structures and content choices in both entertainment and news of contemporary Arab television. It shows how owners, investors, journalists, presenters, production companies, advertisers, regulators and media freedom advocates influence each other in a geolinguistic marketplace that encompasses the Arab region itself and communities abroad. Probing internal and external interventions in the Arab television landscape, the book offers a timely and compelling sequel to Naomi Sakr's 'Satellite Realms: Transnational Television, Globalization and the Middle East', which won the Middle Eastern Studies Book Prize in 2003.
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