|Paul Hodkinson||University of Surrey|
|© 2011||336 pages||SAGE Publications Ltd|
Clearly organized, systematic and combining a critical survey of the field with a finely judged assessment of cutting edge developments, this book provides a 'must have' contribution to media and communication studies.
The text is organized into three distinctive parts, which fall neatly into research and teaching requirements: Elements of the Media (which covers media technologies, the organization of the media industry, media content and media users); Media, Power and Control (which addresses questions of the media and manipulation, the construction of news, public service broadcasting, censorship, commercialization); and Media, Identity and Culture (which covers issues of the media and ethnicity, gender, subcultures, audiences and fans).
The book is notable for:
• Logical and coherent organization
• Clarity of expression
• Use of relevant examples
• Fair minded criticism
• Zestful powers of analysis
It has all of the qualities to be adopted as core introductory text in the large and buoyant field of media and communication studies.