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Why media studies needs better social theory

Hesmondhalgh, David and Toynbee, Jason (2008). Why media studies needs better social theory. In: Hesmondhalgh, David and Toynbee, Jason eds. The Media and Social Theory. Culture, Economy and the Social (1). London: Routledge, pp. 1–24.

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Abstract

Media studies has lost contact with social theory since the emergence of the field in the 1970s. This chapter argues for a return to engagement with that body of work in order counter both the media-centrism and sectarianism which characterise the contemporary field. In so doing it suggests a renewed focus in media scholarship on causality and social norms via, among other approaches, contemporary critical realism and third generation critical theory.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2008 David Hesmondhalgh and Jason Toynbee
ISBN: 0-415-44800-X, 978-0-415-44800-0
Keywords: Media studies; social theory; media-centrism; critical realism; media theory
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Item ID: 26371
Depositing User: Jason Toynbee
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2011 14:40
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2011 15:05
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/26371
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