Media Sociology: A Reappraisal
May 2014, Polity
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.
Introduction: Reappraising Media Sociology
Part I Media, Institutions, and Politics
1 Strategy Follows Structure: A Media Sociology Manifesto
2 Linking Media Sociology to Political Development in Trans-Legislative Democracies
3 Back to the Future? The Sociology of News and Journalism from Black and White to the Digital Age
Part II Media Industries and Audiences
4 Agency, Social Interaction, and Audience Studies
5 Media Industry Sociology: Mainstream, Critical, and Cultural Perspectives
6 The Political Economy of Media Work and Watching
Part III Media representations
7 When Media Representation Met Sociology
8 Too Little But Not Too Late: Sociological Contributions to Feminist Media Studies
Laura Grindstaff and Andrea Press
9 Media Sociology and the Study of Race
Ronald N. Jacobs
Part IV Digital Technologies, Self, and Society
10 Digital Media Technology and the Spirit of the New Capitalism: What Future for “Aesthetic Critique”?
11 Mobile Communication and Mediated Interpersonal Communication
12 Sociology and the Socially Mediated Self
''It's high time for media sociology to be addressed once more and good to see it done in such a refreshingly questioning way. In this well-edited and valuable collection by a highly competent group of writers, the continuing relevance of sociological thinking for media in the digital age is signalled and some essential terrain marked out afresh.''
Philip Schlesinger, University of Glasgow
''Although sociology and sociological theory lay at the foundation of the study of media, they have been largely displaced by narrow public opinion and psychological approaches. This anthology reestablishes the importance of media sociology, with its focus grounded in the fundamental concepts of structure, institutions, and power. A significant contribution and a good read.''
Robert Horwitz, University of California San Diego