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This book covers the key concepts central to understanding recent developments in media and communications studies. Its index also provides further points of entry. Wide-ranging in scope and accessible in style it sets out a useful, clear map of the important theories, methods and debates. The entries critically explore the limits of a key concept as much as the traditions that define it. They include clear definitions, are introduced within the wider context of the field and each one: / is fully cross-referenced / is appropriately illustrated by the use of examples, tables and diagrams / provides a guide to further reading This book is an essential resource for students in media and communications and for those studying sociology, cultural sociology, cultural studies and sociology of media. Paul Jones is Associate Professor in Media and Cultural Sociology at the University of New South Wales. David Holmes is Senior Lecturer in Communications and Media at Monash University.