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Extensive, well-structured, and eloquently written, the second edition of Jane Stokes' How to Do Media and Cultural Studies is an indispensable introduction to the theories, practices, and methods of media and cultural analysis. Students wanting to attain an understanding of how to present their work and how they might come to know and do media and cultural studies must read this book.John ArmitageProfessor of Media, Northumbria University
One of the subjects I teach addresses Cultural Industries, a field in which I found this book to be an important asset.
Ok text, but too basic for a graduate level course. I will consider adopting it for my new BA level course in cultural analysis.
This introduction is both comprehensive and carefully updated. It helps to orient students in contemporary anthropology as well as in media studies to orient in the immense output of literature in this field in the last decades.
Stokes' work is the prescribed text for our students in their Advanced Research Project at the honours (4th year) level. Here they conduct their own quantitative or qualitative research from selecting a topic of interest to them, to formalising their year long study in a portfolio which includes the theoretical framework and data analysis. Stokes allows our students a firm footing in their approach to the investigation of Media Studies and its varied elements, offering them an easy to understand background into which their own research may be organised.
Absolutely essential to anyone doing cultural and media studies, and ideal for my post-graduate students. Recommended for the following courses: COM4809 (mini-dissertation) and COM4802: Media Research Methodology.
Jane Stokes offers a comprehensive look at quantitative and qualitative methods. This second edition of How to Do Media and Cultural Studies provides an inclusive overview of the methodological perspectives used by media scholars. This book is a great introduction for students at both graduate and undergraduate levels. It is one of the best books that is available for the readers who want to understand phases of research and design projects.
A good outline for undergrads on practical media and journalism courses who need to enhance their academic writing skills
A useful addition to any library, this text presents a clear and accessible account of the process of doing media research. The book will prove to be a very handy resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students preparing to engage with media research from a cultural studies perspective.
A very useful work for a multiple pathway degree programme. Topics are addressed in an accessible style with helpful guidance towards and through other academic studies.
It was too specific for my general cultrual studies course
A great resource, providing the kinds of materials necessary to support learning on a fairly general research methods-style module. This book gives an overall perspective on why research matters, and how a research culture can help the undergraduate in their learning experience. It is written in a highly accessible style, and takes care to explain jargon in easily communicable terms.
This is an excellent second edition with additional and extended material compared with the previous book. The case studies are very useful.
This is a welcome update to the first edition, which itself was essential reading for undergraduate students preparing to embark on project work.
An excellent key text for undergraduate students (and tutors) studying Mass Communications/ Media Studies.
All chapters provided good case studies/examples which are written clearly for students at all levels.
Each chapter consists of exercises that not only benefit the students to enhance their understanding but a useful guide for tutors. Tutors can use the exercises as seminar activity. I believe it would encourage students to use the books effectively and use the Further Readings.
This book is the useful textbook for students to start up the difficulty of writing a research paper about the field of media and communication. As I am a lecturer from Chinese Culture University in Taiwan, the author introduces widely step-by-step methods. It is easy for the students who use English as second language for researching both the study in audiences and industries. I positively recommend this book for guiding the students through the processes of detailed methodologies, discussion and those case studies as examples.
Chinese Culture University
This is an accessible and easy to use text, especially for students coming new to the academia of media, communication and cultural studies. It provokes interest, is a concise well planned introduction to the area, yet still has considerable depth.
Very good, somewhat too much focussed on Cultural Studies as an ideological project. I'm missing the phenomenological approach.
The book is essential for students of all degrees (BA, MA, PhD) of economics of cultural industries and media economics. These fields are not yet very popular in Polish universities, however, taking into account the increasing role of creative industires in the global economy, more and more students choose to study them. The book presents a series of crucial information and tips on how, step by step, analyze media and cultural industries. It is full of very useful case studies which can be examined in courses and seminars.
Stokes made a very well written book on media studies. (I did not now the first edition.) Her introduction on Theory of Knowledge is one of the most appealing chapters I have read on this subject. Mediastudies is not the same as Journlaism Studies, but the book places journalism studies in a meaningful context. I recommend the book to our librarian and to my thesis students. We are working on a (Dutch) book on Journalism Studies Research, and this book is one of the few books we will recommend in our book for further reading.