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Media Studies

A Reader

Edited by Sue Thornham, Caroline Bassett, Paul Marris

Edition: 3

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Media Studies: A Reader introduces a full range of theoretical perspectives through which the media may be explored, analysed, critiqued, and understood. The Reader reaches back to essential statements from writers such as Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall, Marshall McLuhan, Jürgen Habermas, Jean Baudrillard and Michel Foucault, whose work was central to forming the field. It also includes wide ranging work on contemporary media formations from a stellar collection of diverse theorists, including Annabelle Sreberny, Paul Gilroy, Charlotte Brunsden, Angela McRobbie, Asu Askoy and Kevin Robins, Micheal Bull, and Nick Couldry, to name only a very few of those included. Finally, the Reader looks to the future, exploring new media formations and their significance, through the work of Mark Andrejevic, Lev Manovich, Jonathan Sterne and others.

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About the Author

Sue Thornham is Professor of Media and Film at the University of Sussex.

Caroline Bassett is Senior Lecturer in Media and Film and Director of the Centre for Material Digital Culture, University of Sussex.

Paul Marris is Programme Leader for Art, Design & Media, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.


By providing a range of theoretical perspectives, this book allows readers to explore, analyse, critique and understand the subject further. It features contributions from a variety of writers in the field, and also explores the significance of new media formations.
- Times Higher Education