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Understanding Social Media

Understanding Social Media

  • Author: Sam Hinton,Larissa Hjorth
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 1446283127
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 168
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Understanding Social Media provides a critical and timely conceptual toolbox for navigating the evolution and practices of social media. Taking an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, this book provides a clear and concise explanation of the key concepts but also goes beyond specific brands, sites and practices to show readers how to place social media more critically within the changing media and cultural landscape. As an aid to understanding, key concepts in each chapter are illustrated by case studies to give real-world examples of theory in action. Cutting across the many dimensions of social media, from the political, economic and visual, this book explores the industries, ideologies and cultural practices that are increasingly becoming part of global popular culture.

Understanding Sports Culture

Understanding Sports Culture

  • Author: Tony Schirato
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 1848607466
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 160
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"In only 138 pages of text he manages a broad sweep across sports history and culture... Schirato brings the eye of a critical fan to his analysis of sport - he treats it seriously as a social practice and as a social institution... [He] achieves his aims by providing a useful, provocative and non-dogmatic text that should be useful to undergraduate and graduate sport studies programmes." - Malcolm MacLean, Sport in History "A particular strength of Understanding Sports Culture is the author's ability to meet the claim for breadth of student readership. The book is clearly structured, flagging from the outset a journey from ancient sporting times and the assumed human need of play to the development of modern and ultimately global and highly commercialized sporting cultures." - John Hughson, European Journal of Cultural Studies ?Understanding Sport Culture traces and analyzes the development of the modern field of sport from its ancient and medieval precursors (the festivals of Greece and Rome, and games such as folk football), through to its inception in the mid-nineteenth century as a set of activities designed to instill character and discipline in students in exclusive British public schools, up to its transformation into a global institution and popular spectacle. The narrative also focuses on and provides a detailed account of the gradual coming together of sport and the media. It explains how this relationship has accentuated sport's status as one of the most important sites in contemporary culture, while simultaneously threatening its existence. As part of the Understanding Contemporary Culture series this book is aimed at a broad range of students from undergraduate to graduate level, who want to know more and be fully informed on sport, its relationship to the media, and its cultural dynamics.

Understanding Digital Culture

Understanding Digital Culture

  • Author: Vincent Miller
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 9781446246481
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 264
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"This is an outstanding book. It is one of only a few scholarly texts that successfully combine a nuanced theoretical understanding of the digital age with empirical case studies of contemporary media culture. The scope is impressive, ranging from questions of digital inequality to emergent forms of cyberpolitics." - Nick Gane, York University "Well written, very up-to-date with a good balance of examples and theory. It's good to have all the major issues covered in one book." - Peter Millard, Portsmouth University "This is just the text I was looking for to enable first year undergraduates to develop their critical understanding of the technologies they have embedded so completely in their lives." - Chris Simpson, University College of St Mark & St John This is more than just another book on Internet studies. Tracing the pervasive influence of 'digital culture' throughout contemporary life, this text integrates socio-economic understandings of the 'information society' with the cultural studies approach to production, use, and consumption of digital media and multimedia. Refreshingly readable and packed with examples from profiling databases and mashups to cybersex and the truth about social networking, Understanding Digital Culture: Crosses disciplines to give a balanced account of the social, economic and cultural dimensions of the information society. Illuminates the increasing importance of mobile, wireless and converged media technologies in everyday life. Unpacks how the information society is transforming and challenging traditional notions of crime, resistance, war and protest, community, intimacy and belonging. Charts the changing cultural forms associated with new media and its consumption, including music, gaming, microblogging and online identity. Illustrates the above through a series of contemporary, in-depth case studies of digital culture. This is the perfect text for students looking for a full account of the information society, virtual cultures, sociology of the Internet and new media.

The Public Space of Social Media

The Public Space of Social Media

Connected Cultures of the Network Society

  • Author: Therese Tierney
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136203591
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 178
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Social media is restructuring urban practices–through ad-hoc experimentation, commercial software development, and communities of participation. This book is the first to consider how practices contained within social media are situated within a larger genealogy of public space, including theories of communal identity, civitas and democracy, the fete, and self-expression. Through empirical research, the actual social practices of participants of networked publics are described and analyzed. Documenting how online counterpublics use the Internet to transmit classified photos, mobilize activists, and challenge the status quo, Tierney argues that online activities do not stop in online conversations; they are physically grounded through mobile GPS coordinates which are then transformed into activities in physical space—the street, the plaza, the places where people have traditionally gathered to demonstrate and express their opinions publicly.

Understanding Social Networks

Understanding Social Networks

Theories, Concepts, and Findings

  • Author: Charles Kadushin
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199702136
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 264
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Despite the swift spread of social network concepts and their applications and the rising use of network analysis in social science, there is no book that provides a thorough general introduction for the serious reader. Understanding Social Networks fills that gap by explaining the big ideas that underlie the social network phenomenon. Written for those interested in this fast moving area but who are not mathematically inclined, it covers fundamental concepts, then discusses networks and their core themes in increasing order of complexity. Kadushin demystifies the concepts, theories, and findings developed by network experts. He selects material that serves as basic building blocks and examples of best practices that will allow the reader to understand and evaluate new developments as they emerge. Understanding Social Networks will be useful to social scientists who encounter social network research in their reading, students new to the network field, as well as managers, marketers, and others who constantly encounter social networks in their work.

Understanding Judith Butler

Understanding Judith Butler

  • Author: Anita Brady,Tony Schirato
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 1847876072
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 152
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Using contemporary and topical examples from the media, popular culture, and everyday life, this lively and accessible introduction shows how the issues, concepts, and theories in Judith Butler’s work function as socio-cultural practices. Giving due consideration to Butler’s earlier and most recent work, and showing how her ideas on subjectivity, gender, sexuality and language overlap and interrelate, this book gives a better understanding not only of Butler’s work, but of its applications to modern-day social and cultural practices and contexts.

Common Ground?

Common Ground?

Readings and Reflections on Public Space

  • Author: Anthony M. Orum,Zachary P. Neal
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135257558
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 240
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Public spaces have long been the focus of urban social activity, but investigations of how public space works often adopt only one of several possible perspectives, which restricts the questions that can be asked and the answers that can be considered. In this volume, Anthony Orum and Zachary Neal explore how public space can be a facilitator of civil order, a site for power and resistance, and a stage for art, theatre, and performance. They bring together these frequently unconnected models for understanding public space, collecting classic and contemporary readings that illustrate each, and synthesizing them in a series of original essays. Throughout, they offer questions to provoke discussion, and conclude with thoughts on how these models can be combined by future scholars of public space to yield more comprehensive understanding of how public space works.

Understanding Modern Sociology

Understanding Modern Sociology

  • Author: Wes Sharrock,John A Hughes,Peter J. Martin
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 9780761957072
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 220
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The authors of the bestselling 'Understanding classical sociology' present the companion volume dealing with the modern period of social theory.

Understanding Bourdieu

Understanding Bourdieu

  • Author: Jen Webb,Tony Schirato,Geoff Danaher
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 9780761974635
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 209
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Understanding Bourdieu aims to explain Bourdieu's work in a lively and accessible style with extensive reference to popular culture. Bourdieu's work is central to contemporary social and cultural theory as well as research and teaching, however, understanding Bourdieu can be a challenge. This book uses a range of examples from popular culture to flesh out the material in accessible terms. As such it is an ideal primer for all beginning sociology and cultural studies students.

Springboard which Degree Directory Series

Springboard which Degree Directory Series

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Degrees, Academic
  • Page: N.A
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Understanding Digital Games

Understanding Digital Games

  • Author: Jason Rutter,Jo Bryce
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 1847877664
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 272
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There are an increasing number of courses on digital games and gaming, following the rise in the popularity of games themselves. Amongst these practical courses, there are now theoretical courses appearing on gaming on media, film and cultural studies degree programmes. The aim of this book is to satisfy the need for a single accessible textbook which offers a broad introductions to the range of literatures and approaches currently contributing to digital game research. Each of the chapters will outline key theoretical perspectives, theorists and literatures to demonstrate their relevance to, and use in, the study of digital games.

Understanding Representation

Understanding Representation

  • Author: Jen Webb
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 0857026593
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 176
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"This is an extraordinarily lucid book. I am not sure that there is anyone who can do this sort of thing better than Jen Webb. It is a gift to students; extremely accessible yet complex and sophisticated in its treatment of theories and concepts of representation." - Jim McGuigan, Loughborough University Understanding Representation offers a contemporary, coherent and genuinely interdisciplinary introduction to the concept of representation. Drawing together the full range of ideas, practices, techniques and disciplines associated with the subject, this book locates them in a historical context, presents them in a readable fashion, and shows their relevance to everyday life in an engaging and accessible manner. Readers will be shown how to develop a sophisticated attitude to meaning, and understand the relationship to truth and identity that is brought into focus by communicative practices. With chapters on linguistic and political representation, art and media, and philosophical and cognitive approaches, this book: Guides readers through complex theoretical terrain with a highly readable and refreshing writing style. Explains the techniques and perspectives offered by semiotics, discourse analysis, poetics, politics, narratology, visual culture, cognitive theory, performance theory and theories of embodied subjectivity. Covers the new ideas and practices that have emerged since the work of Barthes, Eco and Foucault - especially communication and meaning-making in the digital environment, and the new paradigms of understanding associated with cognitive theories of identity and language. Teaches readers how to interpret and interrogate the world of signs in which they live. Understanding Representation provides students across the social sciences and humanities with an invaluable introduction to what is meant by 'representation'.

Understanding Globalization

Understanding Globalization

  • Author: Tony Schirato,Jen Webb
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 1412933390
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 232
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Globalization is a highly debated term, and struggles over its meaning are played out in a variety of ways, from academe and the media to the streets of Seattle, Melbourne and Genoa. This book provides a welcome introduction to the discourses, practices and technologies that have been grouped together under that term. It outlines the historical contexts of globalization, and addresses the politics of naming that are so central to the reproduction of the narratives and patterns of globalization. The authors examine specific sites that are being transformed by globalization such as capitalism, state governments, the media and cultural identity, and explore the notion of a post-globalization world. This will be a valuable book to undergraduate and MA students on communication, media, cultural studies, sociology, politics and development courses.

Understanding the Media

Understanding the Media

  • Author: Eoin Devereux
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 1446293319
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 352
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"This is a lucid and lively introduction to key concepts and developments in media and media studies. The new edition, with updated case studies and a good range of online reading, is a valuable resource for both students and lecturers." - 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 This is an essential guide to the how and why of understanding the media, perfect for students in media studies, sociology, cultural studies and communication studies. Companion Website now available! Visit www.sagepub.co.uk/devereux3e for a range of student and lecturer resources.

Understanding Cultural Transmission in Anthropology

Understanding Cultural Transmission in Anthropology

A Critical Synthesis

  • Author: Roy Ellen,Stephen J. Lycett,Sarah E. Johns
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • ISBN: 0857459945
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 392
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The concept of "cultural transmission" is central to much contemporary anthropological theory, since successful human reproduction through social systems is essential for effective survival and for enhancing the adaptiveness of individual humans and local populations. Yet, what is understood by the phrase and how it might best be studied is highly contested. This book brings together contributions that reflect the current diversity of approaches - from the fields of biology, primatology, palaeoanthropology, psychology, social anthropology, ethnobiology, and archaeology - to examine social and cultural transmission from a range of perspectives and at different scales of generalization. The comprehensive introduction explores some of the problems and connections. Overall, the book provides a timely synthesis of current accounts of cultural transmission in relation to cognitive process, practical action, and local socio-ecological context, while linking these with explanations of longer-term evolutionary trajectories.

Facebook für Dummies

Facebook für Dummies

  • Author: Leah Pearlman,Carolyn Abram,Sebastian Schroer
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 3527709533
  • Category:
  • Page: 234
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Facebook ist die perfekte Plattform, um sich oder seine Firma ins rechte Licht zu setzen und zugleich berufliche wie private Kontakte zu knüpfen. Leah Pearlman und Carolyn Abram erklären, was Facebook ausmacht und zeigen Ihnen all das, was Sie wissen sollten, um perfekt zu networken: vom Anlegen des eigenen Profils über das Knüpfen eines Netzwerks bis hin zum professionellen Einsatz von Facebook.

Art in the Asia-Pacific

Art in the Asia-Pacific

Intimate Publics

  • Author: Larissa Hjorth,Natalie King,Mami Kataoka
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317935713
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 256
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As social, locative, and mobile media render the intimate public and the public intimate, this volume interrogates how this phenomenon impacts art practice and politics. Contributors bring together the worlds of art and media culture to rethink their intersections in light of participatory social media. By focusing upon the Asia-Pacific region, they seek to examine how regionalism and locality affect global circuits of culture. The book also offers a set of theoretical frameworks and methodological paradigms for thinking about contemporary art practice more generally.

Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media

Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media

  • Author: El Mustapha Lahlali
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • ISBN: 0748688641
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 192
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This book presents a detailed study of the three dominant Arab media channels - Al-Jazeera, Al-Hurra and Al-Arabia - and their role post-9/11.

Social Media

Social Media

Usage and Impact

  • Author: Hana S. Noor Al-Deen,John Allen Hendricks
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN: 0739167294
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 307
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Social Media: Usage and Impact, edited by Hana S. Noor Al-Deen and John Allen Hendricks, provides a comprehensive and scholarly analysis of social media while combining both the implementation and the effect of social media in various environments, including educational settings, strategic communication (which is often considered to be a merging of advertising and public relations), politics, and legal and ethical issues. All chapters constitute original research while using various research methodologies for analyzing and presenting significant information about social media.

Key Words in Religion, Media and Culture

Key Words in Religion, Media and Culture

  • Author: David Morgan
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134060653
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 256
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'From The Passion of the Christ to the presumed 'clash of civilizations', religion's role in culture is increasingly contested and mediated. Key Words in Religion, Media, and Culture is a welcome and interdisciplinary contribution that maps the territory for those who aim to make sense of it all. Highlighting the important concepts guiding state-of-the-art research into religion, media, and culture, this book is bound to become an important and frequently consulted resource among scholars both seasoned and new to the field.' –Lynn Schofield Clark 'David Morgan has assembled here a fine team of scholars to prove beyond a doubt that the intersections of religion, media, and culture constitute one of the most stimulating fields of inquiry around today...This highly useful and theoretically sophisticated text will likely assume 'ritual' status in this emergent field.' – Rosalind I. J. Hackett, University of Tennessee, US 'This volume is a major intervention in the literature on religion, media and culture. Drawing together leading international scholars, it offers a conceptual map of the field to which students, teachers and researchers will refer for many years to come. The publication of Key Words in Religion, Media and Culture is a significant moment in the formation of this area of study, and sets a standard for cross-disciplinary collaboration and theoretical and methodological sophistication for future work in this area to follow.' – Gordon Lynch, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK 'This book offers a range of refreshing essays on the relationships between media and religion. Its selected keywords open doors to understanding contemporary society. The cultural perspectives on mediation and religious practices give some illuminating and surprising analyses.' – Knut Lundby, University of Oslo, Norway