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Module Reading List

The Media Industries, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Anna Zoellner
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Week 2: The main characteristics of media industries

Caves, Richard E. (2000) Creative industries : contracts between art and commerce. Cambridge: Harvard UP, esp. ‘Introduction: economic properties of creative activities’, pp. 1-17. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   

Garnham, Nicholas (1990) Capitalism and communication : global culture and the economics of information. London: Sage, chapter 10, ‘Public Policy and the Cultural Industries’, pp. 154-168. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Week 3: Approaches to analysing media industries

Adorno, Theodor and Horkheimer, Max, 1977: ‘The culture industry: enlightenment as mass deception’ in Curran, J., and Gurevich, M. (eds), Mass communication and society. London: Edward Arnold, pp. 349-83. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Becker, Howard (1982) Art Worlds. Berkeley: University of California Press, esp. Chapter 1 ‘Art worlds and collective activity’ (pp. 1-39) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Doyle, Gillian (2002) Understanding media economics, esp. chapter 1, ‘Introduction to media economics’, pp. 1-15. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Golding, Peter, and Murdock, Graham (2005) ‘Culture, communications and political economy, in Curran, J. and Gurevitch, M. (eds.), Mass Media and Society, fourth ed. Arnold, London, pp. 60-83.  

Haven, T., Lotz, A.D. and Tinic, S. (2009) Critical Media Industry Studies: A Research Approach. Communication, Culture and Critique, 2(2): 234-253.

Hesmondhalgh, David (2005) ‘ The production of media entertainment’, in Curran, James and Gurevitch, Michael (eds.), Mass Media and Society, fourth ed. London, Arnold, pp. 153-71.

Hesmondhalgh, David (2006) ‘Media organisations and media texts: production, autonomy and power’, in Hesmondhalgh, D. (ed.) (2006) Media production, Maidenhead and Milton Keynes: The Open University Press/The Open University, pp. 49-90. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Holt, J. and Perren, A. (2009) Introduction: Does the world really need another field of study? In: J. Holt and A. Perren (eds) Media Industries: History, Theory and Method. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp.1-16.  

Hoskins, Colin et al. (2004) Media economics : applying economics to new and traditional media, London: Sage, chapter 1, pp. 1-16 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Negus, Keith (1992) Producing pop : culture and conflict in the popular music industry, London: Arnold, esp chapter 5: Priorities and Prejudice (pp. 38-61) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Peterson, Richard and N. Anand ‘The Production of Culture Perspective’, Annual review of sociology. ISSN: 0360-0572. 30, pp. 311-34.

Wittel, Andreas (2004) ‘Culture, labour and subjectivity: for a political economy from below’, Capital & class. vol. 84, pp. 11-29.

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Week 5: How government policy shapes the media and the media industries

Curran, James and Myung-Jin Park (eds) (2000) De-Westernizing media studies. London and New York: Routledge.

Freedman, Des (2008) The politics of media policy. Cambridge: Polity, esp. chapter 2, ‘Pluralism, neo-liberalism and media policy’, pp. 24-53 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Galperin, Hernan (2004) New television, old politics : the transition to digital TV in the United States and Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Garnham, Nicholas (1998) ‘Media policy’, in Adam Briggs and Paul Cobley (eds), The Media: An Introduction. Harlow: Addison Wesley Longman. pp. 210–23. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Grant, Peter S. and Chris Wood (2004) Blockbusters and trade wars : popular culture in a globalized world. Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre  

Hesmondhalgh, David, Melissa Nisbett, Kate Oakley & David Lee (2015) Were New Labour’s cultural policies neo-liberal?, International Journal of Cultural Policy, 21(1): 97-114, DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2013.879126  

Smith, Anthony with Richard Paterson (eds) (1998) Television : an international history. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Week 6: Media businesses as organisations: size and ownership 

Bagdikian, Ben H. (2004) The new media monopoly. Boston: Beacon Press.

Baker, C. Edwin (2007) Media concentration and democracy : why ownership matters. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.

Banks, Mark, Andy Lovatt, Justin O'Connor, and Carlo Raffo (2000) Risk and Trust in the Cultural Industries. Geoforum. 31 (4): 453-64.

Compaine, Benjamin and Douglas Gomery (2000) Who owns the media? : competition and concentration in the mass media industry 3rd edn. Mahwah, NJ and London: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Lee, David (2018) Independent Television Production in the UK: From cottage industry to big business. Palgrave. Introduction p.1-11 (also relevant chapter 1 and 2)  

Media Reform Coalition (2019) Who Owns the UK Media? Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre. Available from:  

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Week 7: New media, digitalisation and convergence

Benkler, Yochai (2006) The wealth of networks : how social production transforms markets and freedom. New Haven: Yale University Press, especially Introduction, pp. 1-34. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Bruns, Axel (2008) Blogs, Wikipedia, Second life, and Beyond : from production to produsage. New York and Oxford: Peter Lang, esp chapter 2, ‘The key characteristics of produsage’, pp. 9-34. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Burkart, Patrick and Tom McCourt (2006) Digital music wars : ownership and control of the celestial jukebox. Lanham MD and Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield.

Burnett, Robert and P. David Marshall (2003) Web theory : an introduction. London and New York: Routledge.

Duffy, B. (2015). Amateur, autonomous, and collaborative: Myths of aspiring female cultural producers in Web 2.0. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 32(1), 48-64.  

Flew, Terry (2005) New Media: An Introduction, 2nd edn. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Galperin, Hernan (2004) New television, old politics : the transition to digital TV in the United States and Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, esp Introduction, pp. 3-25 Available online

Jenkins, Henry (2006) Convergence Culture. New York: NYU Press.

Lister, Martin, Jon Dovey, Seth Giddings, Iain Grant and Kieran Kelly (2003) New Media: a Critical Introduction. London: Routledge, esp chapter 1, ‘New media and new technologies’, pp. 9-92. Available online

Sparks, Colin (2004) ‘The impact of the Internet on the existing media’, in Calabrese and Sparks, Toward a political economy of culture : capitalism and communication in the twenty-first century. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 307-26. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Sun, Hyojung (2019) Paradox of celestial jukebox: Resurgence of market control. Creative Industries Journal, Vol.12(1), pp.105-124.  

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Week 8 and 9: Internationalisation, globalisation and cultural imperialism part I & II 

Ampuja, M. (2012). Globalization Theory, Media-Centrism and Neoliberalism: A Critique of Recent Intellectual Trends. Critical Sociology, 38(2), 281–301.  

Crane, Diana (2014) Cultural globalization and the dominance of the American film industry: cultural policies, national film industries, and transnational film’ The international journal of cultural policy.. 20 (4): 365-382.

Curtin, Michael (2008) Playing to the World's Biggest Audience. Berkeley: University of California Press, esp. ‘Introduction: Media Capital in Chinese Film and Television’, pp. 1-25. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Herman, Edward S. and Robert W. McChesney (1997) The Global Media. London: Cassell.

Sparks, Colin (2008) Globalization, development and the mass media. London: Sage.

Sreberny, Annabelle (1997) ‘The many cultural faces of imperialism’, in Peter Golding and Phil Harris (eds), Beyond cultural imperialism : globalization, communication and the new international order. London: Sage. pp. 49–68. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Tomlinson, John (1991) Cultural Imperialism. London: Pinter.

Tomlinson, John (1997) ‘Internationalism, globalization and cultural imperialism’, in Kenneth Thompson (ed.), Media and cultural regulation. London: Sage/The Open University. pp. 119–53. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Tomlinson, John (1999) Globalization and culture. Cambridge: Polity.

Zhao, Yuezhi (2008) Communication in China : political economy, power, and conflict. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

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Week 10: Creativity, commerce and media industries 

Baker, Edwin. (1997) Giving the audience what it wants. Ohio State law journal. 58 (2), pp.311-417.

Banks, Mark. (2010) Autonomy guaranteed? Cultural work and the “art-commerce relation”. Journal for cultural research.. 14 (3), pp.251-269.  

Bilton, C. (2014) Uncreativity: the shadow side of creativity. The international journal of cultural policy., DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2014.892933

Boden, Margaret. (2004) The creative mind: myths and mechanisms. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

Elliott, Philip. (1977) Media organizations and occupations: an overview. In: J. Curran, M. Gurevitch and J. Woollacott (eds) Mass communication and society . Beverly Hills: Sage, pp.142-173.

Keat, Russell. (1999) Market boundaries and the commodfication of culture. In: L. Ray and S. Sayers (eds) Culture and economy after the cultural turn . London: Sage, pp.92-111. EBook available  

Keat, Russell. (2000) Cultural goods and the limits of the market : beyond commercial modelling. London, New York: Routledge.

Klein, Bethany (2008) ’”The new radio”: music licensing as a response to industry woe’. Media, culture & society. 30 (4):463-478.

Negus, Keith and Michael Pickering (2004) Creativity, communication and cultural value. London: Sage.

Pratt, Andy and Paul Jeffcutt (eds) (2009) Creativity, innovation and the cultural economy. London and New York.

Ryan, Bill. (1992) Making capital from culture : the corporate form of capitalist cultural production. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter.

Smith, C. and A. McKinlay (2009) Creative Labour: Contract, Content and Control. In: Smith, C. and A. McKinlay (eds) Creative labour : working in the creative industries Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, pp.29-50. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

This list was last updated on 21/09/2021