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The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies-Angharad N. Valdivia

  • Title: The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies
  • Author: Angharad N. Valdivia
  • Released: 2013-01-26
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  • Pages: 4336
  • ISBN: 1444361503
  • ISBN13: 978-1444361506
  • ASIN: 1444361503

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From “Media studies” is a broad field encompassing such disparate technologies as print journalism, radio, film, TV, photography, computing, mobile phones, and digital media. General editor Valdivia also argues that it is a discipline with links to history, philosophy, political science, and other areas of study. This ambitious encyclopedia attempts to span all of these areas and more. Valdivia, the editor of A Companion to Media Studies (2003), has expanded the six sections of that book into six volumes, with a forthcoming seventh on methods. At 500–800 pages per volume, this allows for a much more in-depth exploration of the broad themes of media history and foundations, production, content and representation, audience and interpretation, media effects and psychology, and futures. Each volume is edited by an expert in that area of the field who determined the table of contents. Inclusivity is stressed in terms of global topics; global authors; paradigm diversity; qualitative and quantitative methods; and gender, race, and sexuality. However, the editor does acknowledge that this approach has its limitations; for example, an imbalance exists in the number of essays on media portrayals of femininity versus masculinity. The set includes more than 175 critical essays representing a variety of perspectives, methods, and paradigms. Articles are signed and include an abstract, notes, and references. The scope, size, and price of this set make it most appropriate for academic libraries that support graduate programs in media studies, journalism, and communications. --Lindsay Harmon --This text refers to the edition.

Review

“Summing Up: Recommended. Libraries serving upper-division undergraduates and above in media.”  (Choice, 1 July 2013)

“The scope, size, and price of this set make it most appropriate for academic libraries that support graduate programs in media studies, journalism, and communications.”  (Booklist, 1 March 2013)

“This set encourages the reader to approach media studies from a wide range of contexts. Students will benefit from exposure to an assortment of viewpoints in order to develop their own theories. VERDICT A strong resource, recommended for academic libraries that support media programs.”  (Library Journal, 1 January 2013)

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