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Module Reading List SLSP5365

Approaches and Methods for Media and Culture, 2019/20, Semester 1
Professor Ruth Holliday
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Key Readings

Week 1

Chapter 2: The Research Process in Hanson and Machin (2013) Media and communication research methods Methods, Basingstoke: Palgrave Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   

Booth, W., Colomb, G. and Willias, J (1995) The Craft of Research,University of Chicago Press, Chapter 4 ‘From Questions to a Problem’.   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (fad 07/10/2019)  

Gray, A. (2003) ‘A question of research’ in Research Practice for Cultural Studies. London: Sage. pp: 55-77, Chapter 4.     

- you can find this reading in the core reading folder on the VLE

Key Readings - Week 2

Haraway, D. (1988) Situated knowledges: The science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective. Feminist Studies., 14(3), pp.575-599   - this reading can be found in the course readings folder.

Bat-Ami Bar On (1993) Marginality and Epistemic Privilege in Alcoff and Potter (eds) (1993) Feminist epistemologies, London: Routledge.     

Mignolo, W. D. (2009) Epistemic Disobedience, Independent Thought and De-Colonial Freedom Theory, culture & society. ISSN: 0263-2764. ISSN: 0263-2764 Vol. 26(7–8): 1–23.   - this reading can be found in the course readings folder.

Film - Kitchen Stories – from VLE

Week 3 - Key Reading

Hammersley, M and Atkinson, P (2007) Ethnography: Principles in Practice, London: Routledge, Chapter 1 – What is Ethnography?     

Sarah Thornton (1995) Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital, London: Routledge, Chapter 3      

Schein, L (2001) Urbanity, Cosmopolitanism, Consumption in Chen, Clark, Gottschang and Jeffery (eds) China urban : ethnographies of contemporary culture ISBN: 082232640X (pbk. : alk. paper ; cloth :alk. paper); 0822326345, Durham: Duke.     Full Book PDF Online

Boxcar Bertha and Ben Reitman (2002; 1937) Sister Of The Road: The Autobiography of Boxcar Bertha, AK Press – extract:  

Week 4 - Key Reading

Barthes, R. (1993 [1972]) ‘Myth Today’, in Mythologies, London: Vintage.    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 23/10/2018) 

McRobbie, A (1978) Jackie: Ideology of Adolescent Femininity,   

Hodge, B (2014) Chapter 3 - Social Semiotics In Toby Miller (ed) Routledge companion to global popular culture ISBN: 9781138214767 paperback; 9780415641470 hardback; 1138214760 paperback; 9780203081846 ebook, London: Routledge.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 23/10/2018) 

Week 5 - Key Reading

Altheide, D.L. (2000). Tracking discourse and qualitative document analysis. Poetics. ISSN: 0304-422x27, 287-299 (  

Altheide, D. L. (1997). The news media, the problem frame, and the production of fear. The sociological quarterly. ISSN: 0038-0253; 1533-852538, 647–668.     

Sjøvaag, H., & Stavelin, E. (2012). Web media and the quantitative content analysis: Methodological challenges in measuring online news content. Convergence : the international journal of research into new media technologies. ISSN: 1354-856518, 215–229.    

Riffe, D, Lacy, S and Fico, F. (2014) Analyzing Media Messages: Using Quantitative Content Analysis in Research. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group (available in the online reading folder)   

Week 6 Key Reading

Whetherell, M. & Edley, N. (1999) ‘Negotiating Hegemonic Masculinity: Imaginary Positions and Psycho-discursive Practices’, Feminism & psychology. ISSN: 0959-3535, 9 (3), 335-356 (available online via the library catalogue).     

Hyvarinen, M (2008) Analysing Narratives and Storytelling in Aluutari, P, Bickman, L and Brannen, J (eds) in The SAGE handbook of social research methods ISBN: 9781412919920 (hbk.), London: Sage.    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 23/10/2018) 

Hornig, S. (1990) Television’s NOVA and the Construction of Scientific Truth, Critical studies in mass communication. ISSN: 0739-3180, 7 (1), 11-23    

Week 7 - Key Reading

Hansen, A. and Machin, D (2013), ‘Interpreting Audiences: Focus group interviewing’ (Chapter 10) in Media and communication research methods. Basingstoke: Palgrave. pp.227-253.     

May, T. (2011). ‘Interviewing: Methods and Process’, in May, T. Social Research: issues. Issues, method and process. (fourth Edition). Chapter 6. Maidenhead: Open University Press, pp.131-160. (There are a number of earlier editions of this book available in the library)   

Week 8 - Key Reading

Ang, I., (1996). Feminist desire and female pleasure. In: J. Storey, ed. Cultural studies and the study of popular culture ISBN: 0748618090. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 513522    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 23/10/2018) 

Piper, N., 2013. Audiencing Jamie Oliver: Embarrassment, voyeurism and reflexive positioning. Geoforum. ISSN: 0016-718545, pp.346-355.     

Skeggs, B., Thumim, N. and Wood, H., 2008. 'Oh goodness, I am watching reality TV' How methods make class in audience research. European Journal of Cultural Studies ISSN: 1367-549411(1), pp.5-24.    

Week 9 core

Introduction, Life is Digital in Lupton, D. (2014) Digital sociology Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 1-20    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 23/10/2018) 

Jørgensen, K. (2012) Between the Game System and the Fictional World: A Study of Computer Game Interfaces. Games and Culture , 7, 142-163.     

Ruppert, E., Law, J., & Savage, M. (2013). Reassembling social science methods: The challenge of digital devices. Theory, culture & society. , 30(4), 22-46.     

Pink, S, Horst, H, Postill, J, Hjorth, L, Lewis, T and Tacchi, J (2016) Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice. London, California and New Delhi: Sage (Chapter 1)    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Week 10 

Lecture by William Cook

Core reading to be updated  

Week 11 bringing it all together:

no core reading.

This list was last updated on 17/10/2019