Television and Society

Television and Society

by NicholasAbercrombie (Author)


Television and Society is a textbook designed to introduce students to the role of television in contemporary society. It explores the structure of the television text, the way in which that text is produced and the way it is consumed. The first section deals with the analysis of television programmes as texts. It covers, for example, the issues of realism, narrative, genre and ideology, the domestication of television programming and the nature of soap opera and news. The section on the production of television deals firstly with the structure of the industry as a whole -- the ways in which television is financed and distributed, the globalization of television and media imperialism, and the political economy of television. This is followed by a consideration of the internal workings of television organizations, including the role of the producer, the functioning of the production team, the television personality and the producera s perceptions of the audience. The final section investigates theories of the television audience and combines qualitative and quantitative studies. There is discussion on the history of audience research, methods of measuring the audience, the domestic context of viewing, and television talk. Clearly written, Television and Society will be an ideal textbook for students in media studies, cultural studies and the sociology of culture.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Publisher: Polity Press
Published: 20 Mar 1996

ISBN 10: 0745614361
ISBN 13: 9780745614366

Media Reviews
This is a well--organized textbook which presents the relationship between television and society in terms of production, programmes and audiences. It cogently reviews the present state of research into and discussion of the social impact and effect of television in local, national and global contexts. Paddy Scannell, Department of Media Studies, University of Westminster
Author Bio
Nicholas Abercrombie is Professor of Sociology at the University of Lancaster.