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Media Power

A Sociological Introduction

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13 June 2002

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This text offers a clear and succinct overview of a central debate in the study of the media, drawing together a wide range of theoretical and research-based material from both sides of the Atlantic. Written with a light...

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This text offers a clear and succinct overview of a central debate in the study of the media, drawing together a wide range of theoretical and research-based material from both sides of the Atlantic. Written with a light touch and taking a level-headed approach to competing theories and claims, it is accessibly organised around the three central processes in mass communication - production, representation and reception - and provides comprehensive coverage of all the main topics relevant to the thorny issue of media power.

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Synthesises a very wide literature (including some interesting but lesserknown pieces of research) in a concise, digestible and balanced form
Brings together research from both sides of the Atlantic (the US, Britain and continental Europe) to bridge a divide commonly unchallenged in student textbooks
Tackles a core and hotly disputed debate that is common to teaching across a range of media studies and social science degrees

Preface- Introduction: Media Power: From Simple Answers to Complex Questions
The Media as Definers of Social Reality
Whose Frames?
The Production of Media Messages: What Sets the Media Agenda?
Changing Media Agendas, Widening Public Access?
Innocent Entertainment? The Sociological Study of Television Fiction
Media Audiences: Couch Potatoes or Armchair Intellectuals?
Conclusion: The Future for Media Sociology?
Bibliography
Index.

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CIARAN McCULLAGH is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College, Cork, in the Republic of Ireland. His work includes the book, Crime in Ireland: A Sociological Introduction (1996).

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CIARAN McCULLAGH is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College, Cork, in the Republic of Ireland. His work includes the book, Crime in Ireland: A Sociological Introduction (1996).

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