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McQuail’s Media and Mass Communication Theory

McQuail’s Media and Mass Communication Theory

Seventh Edition

May 2020 | 660 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

A uniquely detailed, broad, balanced guide to the field of media and mass communication research, the new edition maintains the narrative into the world of pervasive, ubiquitous, mobile, social and always-online media we live in today.

New to this edition:

 The integration of examples around politics and the public sphere into each chapter, as popular culture and politics become more regularly intertwined.

Increased focus on conceptualizing ‘mass’ media and communication and media theory in an age of big data, such as algorithmic culture, AI, platform economies, streaming, and mass self-communication.

Further discussion of what we want and expect of media and society in all chapters.

  A new chapter 17: “A Canon of Media Effects” merges two previous chapters on Social-Cultural Effects & News, Public Opinion and Political Communication, helping the reader to rethink and reframe the whole idea of media effects/influence. 

Part 1 Preliminaries
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Book
Chapter 2: The Rise, Decline, and Return of Mass Media
Part 2 Theories
Chapter 3: Concepts and Models for Mass Communication
Chapter 4: Theories of Media and Society
Chapter 5: Media, Mass Communication, and Culture
Chapter 6: New Media Theory
Part 3 Structures
Chapter 7: Freedom and Accountability of Media
Chapter 8: Ownership and Governance of Media
Chapter 9: Global Mass Communication
Part 4 Organizations
Chapter 10: The Media Organization: Pressures and Demands
Chapter 11: The Production of Media Culture
Part 5 Content
Chapter 12: Media Content: Issues, Concepts and Methods of Analysis
Chapter 13: Media Genres, Formats and Texts
Part 6 Audiences
Chapter 14: Audience Theory and Research Traditions
Chapter 15: Audience Formation and Experience
Part 7 Effects
Chapter 16: Processes and Models of Media Effects
Chapter 17: A Canon of Media Effects
Part 8 Epilogue
Chapter 18: The Future of Media and Mass Communication Theory

"What a magnificent invitation to the field of media and communication - full of lively debate and relevant examples yet carefully balanced, comprehensive in scope and thoughtfully explained.“  

Professor Sonia Livingstone
Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science

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