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In the third volume of this series, Media Studies, the emphasis is on media content and media audiences. Media content and media audiences (or users) are covered from methodological and theoretical perspectives.
For the revised reprint of this volume, a new introduction has been included to highlight the relevance of the current content and to contextualise within it the content of Volume 4 Social (New) Media and Mediated Communication Today (2017).
Part 1 of the book deals with: quantitative content analysis; communication and media semiotics; media, language and discourse; media and visual literacy; visual text analysis; textual analysis: narrative and argument; narrative analysis; film theory and criticism Part 2 deals with: media audience theory (dealing with the uses and gratification theory, reception theory and ethnography); questionnaire surveys in media research; field research in media studies; measuring media audiences; psychoanalysis and television as an illustration of an applied theoretical approach in media audience research.
In the second volume of the four-part textbook series on Media Studies the emphasis is again on the relationship between media and society. While further exploring media as an institution, this volume also introduces the topics of media regulation and content.
Volume 2 is guided in part by the question: How do we control and manage the media? Communications policy is explained, with overviews of how the Southern African media is externally and internally regulated to ensure a well-organised and disciplined modern media system. Strategic ways of managing the media are discussed. The book deals with the concept of media representation: How does the media reflect and represent reality or its aspects? Is the news that is presented an accurate portrayal of reality? How does the media deal with identity, race, gender, sexual orientation, the environment, AIDS, violence and terrorism?
This section thus critically analyses questions about how the media depicts people, topics, organisations and issues.
This up-to-date, comprehensive, user-friendly and accessible series has been written by key thinkers in Media Studies locally and from abroad.
Media Studies encompasses the systematic, critical and analytical study of the media, in all its forms, and sees the media as one of the most important generators and disseminators of meaning in contemporary society. Media Studies investigates who owns the media, who produces the media, media content and the users of the media. It investigates the power relationships between the media and politics, culture, economy, society, and above all, the relationship between the media and democracy.
The Fourth edition of The Art Of Persuasive Communication situates contemporary persuasive practices against the background of the rich history of rhetoric and within the setting of a democratic state.
Throughout, the author addresses critical issues that are important to communication science scholars and practitioners, as well as those active in related disciplines such as political science, sociology, social psychology and rhetorical studies.
The Fourth edition differs from the previous one in the following ways:
We live in a multilingual, transforming society in which language plays a dynamic and central role. We use it every day for communication and it is not possible to imagine life without it - it is generally recognised as a mark of what makes us human. But how often do we think about exactly what language is and how we actually use it? Language, society and communication introduces established and new linguistic concepts and theories, and links these to contemporary issues in society and the media, including new social media, with a particular focus on southern Africa. Language, society and communication explores how language is intricately bound up with issues of power, status and identity. It explores the tension between the diverse nature of everyday language practices, on the one hand, and the societal pressures towards managing and containing this diversity, on the other. It also demonstrates the relevance of linguistic study (e.g. phonology and syntax) to real world problems (e.g. analysis of a child's acquisition of language), within a southern African context. Study questions and case studies, which relate the theoretical ideas discussed to current research, are provided at the end of each chapter. Language, society and communication is aimed at undergraduate students studying linguistics, language and communication and related fields such as language education.
The datafication of our world offers huge challenges and opportunities for social science. The 'data-drivenness' of computational research can occur at the expense of theoretical reflection and interpretation. Additionally, it can be difficult to reconcile the 'quantitative' dimensions of big data with the 'qualitative' sensibilities needed for its understanding. At the same time, this opens up possibilities for reimagining key principles of social inquiry. In this experimental and provocative book, Simon Lindgren argues that a hybrid approach to data and theory must be developed in order to make sense of today's ambivalent, turbulent, and media-saturated political landscape. He pushes for the development of a critical science of data, joining the interpretive theoretical and ethical sensibilities of social science with the predictive and prognostic powers of data science and computational methods. In order for theories and research methods to be more useful and relevant, they must be dismantled and put together in new, alternative, and unexpected ways. Data Theory is essential reading for social scientists and data scientists, as well as students taking courses in social theory and data, digital methods, big data, and data and society.
A comprehensive, up-to-date and relevant communication text which engages readers through both a theoretical and an applied lens. Blends technological awareness and ability with basic communication skills and practices. Provides numerous examples as well as video clips. Aimed at students and employees, including those at executive management level.
The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most important life skills a person can possess. It can pave the way to success, not only in terms of career but also in every other aspect of life where communication plays a role. Advanced communication skills focuses on essential communication skills and competencies for all aspects of the world of work. Advanced communication skills takes an integrated theory and practical approach to learning. It is designed to foster workplace communication in order to benefit interpersonal relationships, which in turn leads to personal enrichment, greater job satisfaction and increased productivity. The final chapter contains a selection of case studies with questions to assist in the evaluation of communication skills. Advanced communication skills is aimed at managers, personal assistants, professional secretaries and all those studying towards certificates, diplomas or degrees in colleges and universities. It fully covers the syllabus for Communication N5/N6 at technical and vocational education and training colleges, and will prepare students for the national examinations in these subjects.
Communicating @ work deals with the complexity of communication in today's multicultural and technological environment where job-seekers need to be communicatively competent, mobile, entrepreneurial, innovative and well connected. Communicating @ work has a conversational, accessible style, not only covering an array of communication situations and formats but also using a holistic, practice-based approach to illustrate the application of effective principles in the workplace. Examples, margin comments and provocative chatroom questions elaborate on concepts and offer down-to-earth guidance on everyday business communication transactions and conduct. Every chapter of the third edition has been updated with the latest findings and debates. Given the proliferation of multimodal digital devices and networking opportunities and challenges, the authors have also increased their focus on new media. Topics include the following: Presentations: individual, group and impromptu; Interviewing: active listening, perception and questioning strategies; Teamwork: conflict handling, decision making and leadership styles; Reporting: investigation, feasibility, audit and project documents; Persuading: proposals, business plans and corporate CVs; Non-verbal modes and body language; Graphics: visual and graphic communication; Media: the internet and new media. Communicating @ work's comprehensive coverage of spoken, written and visual communication for business and industry makes it an ideal textbook as well as a valuable reference in the workplace for professionals.
A resource for students and supervisors alike, the topics covered are related to the management of postgraduate research studies: the development of a successful research proposal (with examples); research resource management; research ethics and more.
Developed by expert author Jo Lally, this engaging and up-to-date resource encourages learners to develop and apply critical thinking and research skills in a global context, supporting achievement in AS & A Level assessment, and the transition to further education. An enquiry-based approach equips students with the independent research, collaborative team work and 21st century skills and knowledge essential to further education success.
How do you begin a career to ensure that it is driven by passion and purpose? And if youre already down a certain career path and could start all over again, would you? In both cases, how do you distinguish yourself from other employees and rise to the top? How can you actively participate in shaping your career based on your personal goals, instead of blindly following the path set before you? As a management consultant who has worked in several senior managerial positions in numerous major companies within various industries, author Maryam Ibrahim Al Mansoori has collected various pearls of wisdom that can enlighten anyone looking to evaluate their own career choices. Her impressive CV more than qualifies her as an inspiring mentor to anyone at the onset or at a crossroads in their career. This is a must-read book that offers expert career counsel based on years of experience that can help you critically consider your own career and how the choices that you are making today are defining your future.
Since 2006, Henry Jenkins's Confessions of an Aca-Fan blog has hosted interviews in which academics, activists, and artists have shared their views on the changing media landscape. For the first time, Jenkins - often called "the Marshall McLuhan for the twenty-first century" - compiles some of these interviews to highlight his recurring interests in popular culture and social change. Structured around three core concepts - culture, learning, politics - and designed as a companion to Participatory Culture in a Networked Era, this book broadens the conversation to incorporate diverse thinkers such as David Gauntlett, Ethan Zuckerman, Sonia Livingstone, S. Craig Watkins, James Paul Gee, Antero Garcia, Stephen Duncombe, Cathy J. Cohen, Lina Srivastava, Jonathan McIntosh, and William Uricchio. With an introduction from Jenkins and reflections from each interviewee, this volume speaks to a sense of crisis as contemporary culture has failed to fully achieve the democratic potentials once anticipated as a consequence of the participatory turn. This book is ideal for students and scholars of digital media, popular culture, education, and politics, as well as general readers with an interest in the topic.
The exciting field of visual studies is fast becoming part of many university and design school curricula. This introduction contains inspiring local and international photos and examples to help visual studies and media studies students understand and interpret their world in a meaningful way. Looking at Media will assist students to gain a basic intellectual understanding of visual culture and visual studies, while learning how these academic fields can be used critically to deconstruct visual texts produced by the South African and international media industry. The focus of the book is to provide students with different methods to analyse visual images. Students are guided to look at media artefacts through different lenses, encompassing the most important theories and concepts of Western thought. Theories are explained in an accessible manner that even first time scholars will understand. To make the theories more applicable, many of the case studies and examples used are from the African continent. The young and dynamic author team shows that being a visual studies scholar means not simply to understand how visual media work, but how the world works through the visual media.
In Why Do People Sing? Paddy Scannell explores some of the mysteries at the heart of vocal communication. What explains the communicative musicality of the voices between parent and child as a baby learns to talk? Can readers of fiction hear the voices of authors and characters within soundless written texts? How has radio affected voice, talk, music, and singing, and how has it made them public in new ways? And by putting the voice into recordings, to what extent have broadcasting technologies provided a radically new resource for historians? These questions and more are explored in the first three chapters. In the final chapter, Scannell boldly puts into words the inexpressible experience of listening to singing, wherein the glory of the human voice finds its purest expression. This highly original book makes a distinctive intervention by stressing the inherently positive qualities of talk (rather than language) as the basis for communication. Concise and beautifully written, it is suitable for students and scholars of media, communication, and other disciplines across the humanities, as well as general readers with an interest in this fascinating topic.
Our media systems are in crisis. Run by unaccountable corporations and dominated by agendas and algorithms that are shrouded in mystery, these formerly trusted sources of information and entertainment have lost their way. As consumers, we have plenty of choice, but as citizens we have an abundance of misinformation and misrepresentation. In this incisive manifesto, four prominent media scholars and activists put forth a roadmap for radical reform of concentrated media power. They argue that we should put media justice, economic democracy and social equality at the heart of our scholarship and our campaigning. The Media Manifesto delivers a sharp analysis of our communications crisis and a passionate call for urgent change. It provides resources of hope for media reform movements across the globe.
Interdisciplinarity, Interdisciplinary research, Cooperation, Integrate knowledge
As political conflict is increasingly played out in the
international arena, the role of translators and interpreters, as
participants in this environment, is a key concern for us all.
Translation and Conflict: A Narrative Account draws on narrative
theory, and examples from historical as well as contemporary
conflicts, to examine how translation functions in the context of
conflict and violence.
Based on a collection of labour contracts and other documents, this book examines the legal, economic and social relations of labour as they developed in the commercial enterprises of Tokugawa Japan. The urban focus is Kyoto, the cultural capital and smallest of the three great cities of the Tokugawa period, but the data comes from a wider region of commercial and castle towns and rural villages in central Japan.
Rapid economic growth in the world's most populous nation is leading to widespread soil erosion, desertification, deforestation and the depletion of vital natural resources. The scale and severity of environmental problems in China now threaten the economic and social foundations of its modernization. Using case studies, Morton analyzes the relationship between international and local responses to environmental problems in China, challenging the prevailing wisdom that weak compliance is the only constraint upon local environmental management in China. It advances two interrelated discussions: first, it constructs a conceptual framework for understanding the key dimensions of environmental capacity. This is broadly defined to encompass the financial, institutional, technological and social aspects of environmental management. Second, the book presents the results of an empirical inquiry into the implementation of donor-funded environmental projects in both China's poorer and relatively developed regions. By drawing upon extensive fieldwork, it seeks to explain how, and under what conditions, international donors can strengthen China's environmental capacity, especially at the local level. It will be of interest to those studying Chinese politics, environmental studies and international relations.
This book provides detailed systematic micro-level analysis of the historical development of the Chinese banking industry, focusing in particular on the development of the Bank of China (BOC) in the period 1905 to 1949. Banking reform is a key area of China's economic transformation, and this book, bringing a vast amount of material to a Western audience for the first time, provides a detailed evidence of the key challenges faced by a major Chinese bank. The book: addresses important issues in its evolution, including corporate governance government intervention, foreign competition and white-collar crime evaluates how the challenges in these areas were met considers the results of its efforts draws lessons for policy making today.
The Arab Diaspora examines the range of roles the Arab world has played to various audiences on the modern and postmodern stage and the issues which have arisen as a result. The variety of roles explored reflects the diversity of Arab culture. With particular focus placed on political, diplomatic and cultural issues, the book explores the relationship between the Arab world and the West, covering topics including: * Islam and its common ancestry and relationship with Christianity * the varying forms of Arab civilization and its inability in more modern times to fulfil the dreams of nineteenth and twentieth century reformers * continued stereotyping of the Arab world within the media. The Arab Diaspora is essential reading for those with interests in Arabic and Middle East studies, and cultural studies.
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