Media & cultural theory by James Curran, David Morley

By James Curran, David Morley

Containing new considering and unique surveys, MediaВ & Cultural Theory brings jointly top foreign students to deal with key concerns and debates inside of media and cultural studies.

Through using modern media and movie texts corresponding to Bridget Jones’ Diary and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and utilizing case experiences of the us and the united kingdom after September eleventh, James Curran and David Morley research imperative subject matters including:

  • media representations of the recent girl in modern society
  • the construction of self in way of life media
  • the nature of globalization
  • the upward thrust of electronic actors and media.

Ideal as a path reader, with each one essay protecting a unique significant region or develop in unique study, MediaВ & Cultural Theory is international in its achieve. via its engagement with wide questions, it truly is a useful booklet that may be utilized to the stories of media and cultural experiences scholars the English-speaking global over.

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In this case, if these transatlantic flows originated in slavery (cf. Gilroy 1993) they now operate in both directions, from the Caribbean to West Africa and back, and in the music of the region they are also mixed with North African (and Islamic) cultural influences. However it is well attested that, in the 1950s and 1960s, the indigenous music of West Africa was all but defunct, at least in many urban areas – where US popular music and Cuban dance bands almost totally dominated the local cultural scene.

6 In this respect Roger Silverstone’s 1999 publication Why Study the Media? is of great interest. This was conceived as a ‘manifesto’, presumably as a reaction to the British pastime, beloved of journalists, politicians and assorted punditry, of – every so often, when other targets lose their allure – savaging media studies. ‘I wanted,’ Silverstone explained, ‘to define a space. To engage with those outside my own discourse, elsewhere in the academy and in the world beyond. It was time, I thought, to take the media seriously’ (Silverstone 1999: ix).

As I’ve explained, my own relatively brief institutional encounter with media studies occurred in a department whose formal title was given as the Department of Media and Communications. There were, I know, obligatory undergraduate classes on different aspects of communication theory, but I fear they never really touched me. Indeed, the most public formal acknowledgement of the department’s commitments to communications took place when the office administrators answered the phone. In identifying to the caller which part of the college they’d reached, the crisp if uncannily enigmatic utterance came: ‘Communications’, with a peculiar lilting emphasis on the second syllable.

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