Communication Theory Today

Communication Theory Today

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This textbook offers a wide-ranging overview of current theoretical work in media and communication studies. It aims to provide the methods and the theoretical resources for understanding the dramatic changes which are taking place in the sphere of information and communication in the late 20th century. At the same time, it shows how these changes are linked to broader developments - both at the level of global transformation and at the level of everyday interaction, where individuals negotiate matters of identity, knowledge and shared meaning. Interdisciplinary in character, the contributions to this volume are concerned to show how the key questions in communication theory and research intersect with central themes in social theory and critical cultural studies. The contributors include Ien Ang, Deirdre Boden, James M. Collins, Klaus Krippendorff, William Leiss, Denis McQuail, William Melody, Joshua Meyrowitz, Mark Poster, Majid Tehranian, John B. Thompson and Tuen van Dijk.show more

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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated edition
  • 4 figures, 5 tables, index
  • 0745610463
  • 9780745610467

Table of contents

Communication in a Post-Mass Media World: David Crowley and David Mitchell (McGill University and University of Calgary). Part I: Communication and the Mediation of Social Worlds: 1. Social Theory and the Media: John B Thompson (Jesus College, Cambridge). 2. Medium Theory: Joshua Meyrowitz (University of New Hampshire). 3. A Recursive Theory of Communication: Klaus Krippendorff (University of Pennsylvania). Part II: Messages, Meanings, Discourse: 4. Discourse and Cognition in Society: Teun A Van Dijk (University of Amsterdam). 5. Risk Communication and Public Knowledge: William Leiss (Simon Fraser University). 6. Talk, Text and History: Conversation Analysis and Communication Theory: Deidre Boden (University of Lancaster). Part III: Contingency, Reflexivity, Post-Modernity: 7. The Mode of Information and Postmodernity: Mark Poster (University of California at Irvine). 8. In the Realm of Uncertainty: The Global Village and Capitalist Postmodernity: Ien Ang (Murdoch University). 9. By Whose Authority? Accounting for Taste in Contemporary Popular Culture: James M Collins (University of Notre Dame). Part IV: Communication and Public Interests: 10. Mass Communication and the Public Interest: Denis McQuail (University of Amsterdam). 11. Electronic Networks, Social Relations and the Changing Structure of Knowledge: William Melody (Centre of International Research on Communication and Information Technologies, Melbourne). 12. Communication and Development: Majid Tehranian (University of Hawaii at Manoa).show more

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