Understanding the Media
- Eoin Devereux - University of Limerick, Ireland
Communication and Media Studies (General) | Sociology of Culture
- Chindu Sreedharan, Bournemouth University
"Has expanded the possibilities of what a textbook can be. Incisive questions framed through accessible and detailed examples provide a platform for a wealth of different activities that engage readers in the critical study of media."
- Dr Daniel Ashton, Bath Spa University
"Accessibly written and very well-structured, the book will be one of those you go back to time and time again throughout your studies. In addition it also offers that much-needed, little-found extra in a textbook: critical engagement with media and society. A joy for those of us teaching the subject.
- Joke Hermes, University of Amsterdam
How much of our media experience is shaped by the profit motive of media conglomerates? How much freedom and power do we have as members of an increasingly fragmented media audience? How do the media influence what we understand about friendship, globalization and even our own selves?
This book teaches students how to ask critical questions of the media, and gives them the analytical tools to answer those questions. By gaining a rich understanding of how the media play a role in society, both in giving pleasures and creating power relationships, students are encouraged to become critical thinkers. Understanding the Media:
- Teaches the theoretical foundations and key concepts students need to get started on their own media studies
- Brings concepts to life with examples and case studies on everything from Harry Potter and Big Brother to the Occupy movement
- Shows the ‘how to’ with guided exercises and improves essay writing with a guide to the research literature
- Helps students take learning further with guided free online readings
Companion Website now available! Visit www.sagepub.co.uk/devereux3e for a range of student and lecturer resources.
- Chapter toolkits
- Further reading and discussion points
- Case studies
- Online resources and links
- Tutorial exercises
- Sample exam/assessment questions
Comprehensive guide to the how and why of understanding the media. Good overview for an introductory course in media studies.
As a general media reader there is of value as a generalist text for those interested in the crime dimension of the media
An intelligent appraisal of a constantly changing landscape.
Eoin Devereux's work is both appealing and instrumental in discussing problems pertaining to the field of Media. Its insightfulness is of great use for all, be it those starting their relationship with these issues and those who want to keep track of the foundations of the debate around media.
A fantastic well thought out text. Delivered in a succint a thoughtful fashion. I will be adopting this as my primary text for the module I am teaching
A very strong title which offers a broad, global scope that many texts of this kind are sorely lacking.
The book is rich with conceptual underpinnings and interesting examples. It is accessible and critical, suitable for students in media studies, cultural studies and sociology.
As with the previous two editions, this will prove to be an essential course book for students. Introduces students to key theoretical concepts and encourages critical thinking about the role of the media within society.
This is easily the best textbook of its kind, Apart from dealing thoroughly with the subject matter, the author's own research competence shines through. It positions better students for solid research in the field of mass communications.
Very helpfull to enlighten students on how media - indeed- work.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter One: Understanding the Media