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COMM1970 Introduction to Media and Communication Theory Reading List

Introduction to Media and Communication Theory, 2021/22, Semester 2
Sara Tafakori
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Week 1: What is Theory?

Chapter 1 & 2: Griffin, E. (2012). A first look at communication theory (8th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. Pp. 1-24.

Carey, J. 1989 ‘A cultural approach to communication’. Communication as culture: Essays on media and society. Boston, MA: Unwin Hyman, pp. 13-36.

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Week 2: The Political Effects of Mass Communication

MEDIA EFFECTS: Graber, D. A., & Smith, J. M. (2005). Political Communication Faces the 21st Century. Journal of Communication, 55(3), 479–507. 2466.2005.tb02682.x  

McNair, B. (2018). An introduction to political communication (Sixth Edition). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.  

Wolfsfeld, G. 2011 “The media get you when you’re not paying attention”. Making sense of media and politics : five principles in political communication ISBN: 9780415885225 (hbk.) : £95.00; 0415885221 (hbk.) : £95.00; 9780415885232 (pbk.) : £24.99; 041588523X (pbk.) : £24.99; 9780203839874 (ebk.). New York, NY and Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 97-118.

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Week 3: Interpersonal Communication

Chambers, D. 2013. Introduction: Social Media and Personal Relationships: Online Intimacies and Networked Friendship. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.  

Erving Goffman (1955) On Face-Work, Psychiatry, 18:3, 213-231, DOI: 10.1080/00332747.1955.11023008 

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Week 4: Cultural Studies Approaches to the Media

Morley, D. 2015 ‘Cultural studies, common sense and communications’, Cultural studies. ISSN: 0950-2386, 29(1), pp. 23-31.  

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Week 5: Postcolonial Approaches

Hall, S. (1997) (ed.) Representation: Cultural Representation and Signifying Practices. Chapter 1. edited by Stuart Hall, 223–85. London: Sage.  

Shome, R. 2016. When postcolonial studies meets media studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, 33:3, 245-263, DOI: 10.1080/15295036.2016.1183801  

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Week 6: Gender Approaches to the Media

Gill, R. 2006 ‘Chapter 1: Gender and the media’. Gender and the media . Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity, pp. 7-41

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Week 7: Media Publics and the Public Sphere

THEORISING THE PUBLIC SPHERE: McGuigan, J. 1974 ‘The public sphere’. In Hamilton, P. and Thompson, K. (eds) The uses of sociology ISBN: 0631233148 (pbk.) : £15.99; 063123313X. Oxford: Blackwell, pp.81-128. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 25/01/2018)   

Tufekci, Z. (2018) ‘How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump’, MIT Technology Review, August 14. 

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Week 8: Political Economy

:POLITICAL ECONOMY: Boyd-Barrett, O. 2010. ‘The political economy approach’. In Boyd-Barrett, O. and Newbold, C. (eds.), Approaches to media. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available in the library as a hardcopy   

Chio, J. 2017. ‘Video documentary and rural public culture in ethnic China’. In: Neves, J. and Sarkar, B., Asian Video Cultures in the Penumbras of the Global, Durham: Duke University Press, pp.35-53.  

Golding, P. and Murdock, G. 2005 'Culture, communications and political economy'. In Curran, J. and Gurevitch, M. (eds), Mass media and society, 4th ed. London: Hodder Arnold, pp.60-85. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 25/01/2018)   

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Week 9: Visual Approaches to the Media


Olesen T. 2018. Memetic protest and the dramatic diffusion of Alan Kurdi. Media, Culture & Society. 40(5):656-672. doi:10.1177/0163443717729212 

Aiello, G. & Parry, K. (2020) Visual Communication: Understanding Images in Media Culture. London: Sage. (Chapter 3).  

Barthes, R. 1964/1977 ‘Rhetoric of the image’. In Image, music, text ISBN: 0006861350 (pbk); 0006348807; 0006540678. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, pp. 32-51 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 25/01/2018) .




This list was last updated on 20/01/2022