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.

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.

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