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Mass Communication And Mass Society - Bibliography

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Dan Schiller, Preface in Theorizing Communication (Oxford UP, 1996).

Leon Bramson, European Theories of the Mass and Mass Society, in The Political Context of Sociology (Princeton, 1961).

Ferdinand T, Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft, in Community and Society (Harper Á Row, 1957).

Locating communication studies in context of liberal pragmatism Chicago School of sociology (Dewey, Lippmann, Park, Mead, Cooley, Blumer).

Leon Bramson, Europeans and Americans on the Crowd: The Concept of Collective Behavior, in The Political Context of Sociology (Princeton, 1961)

John Durham Peters, John Locke, the Individual, and the Origin of Communication," Quarterly Journal of Speech 75 (November 1989):

Walter Lippman, Public Opinion (Harcourt, 1922).

Robert E. Park, The Natural History of the Newspaper, Journal of Sociology 27 (November 1923).

Ken Plummer, Symbolic Interactionism in the Twentieth Century, Chap. 8 in B. Turner, ed., Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

George Herbert Mead, Mind, Self and Society U Chicago P, 1934) The Social Foundations and Functions of Thought and Communication.

Herbert Blumer, Symbolic Interactionism: Perspective and Method (Prentice-Hall, 1969)

Leon Bramson, The American Critique of the Theory of Mass Society: Research in Mass Communication, in The Political Context of Sociology (Princeton, 1961)


Carl Hovland, Irving Janis Harold Kelley, Communication and Persuasion: Psychological Studies of Opinion Change (Yale UP, 1953)

Harold Lasswell, The Structure and Function of Communication in Society, in Lyman Bryson, ed., The Communication of Ideas (Harper Bros., 1948)

Willard Rowland, Jr., The Politics of TV Violence (Sage, 1983)

J. Michael Sproule, Progressive Propaganda Critics and the Magic Bullet Myth," Critical Studies in Mass Communication (6) (3) (September 1989): 225-246

Joseph Klapper, The Effects of Mass Communication (Free Press, 1960)

James D. Halloran, ed., The Effects of Television (Panther, 1970)

Robert M. Liebert and Joyce Spratkin, The Early Window: Effects of Television on Children and Youth 3rd ed. (Pergamon)

George Gerbner, Larry Gross, Michael Morgan and Nancy Signorelli, Charting the Mainstream: Television's Contributions to Political Orientations, Journal of Communication 32(2): 441-464

Denis McQuail, With the Benefit of Hindsight: Reflections on Uses and Gratifications Research, in Michael Gurevitch and Mark R. Levy, Mass Communication Review Yearbook Vol. 5 (Sage, 1984)

Maxwell E. McCombs and Donald L. Shaw, "The Agenda-Setting Function of Mass Media, Public Opinion Quarterly (36) (2) (Summer 1972): 176-187

Theodor Adorno, "On the Fetish-Character in Music and the Regression of Listening, in Arato Gebhardt, eds. The Essential Frankfurt School Reader (NY: Continuum, 1982).

Antonio Gramsci, Journalism, Selections from Cultural Writings (Harvard UP, 1985), pp.386-425.

Patrick Brantlinger, Bread and Circuses: Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay (Cornell UP, 1983)

F.R. Leavis, Mass Civilisation and Minority Culture (St. John's College, 1930)

C. Wright Mills, People, Power, Politics (Oxford UP, 1956)

C. Wright Mills, The Mass Society, from The Power Elite (OUP, 1956).

Leo Lowenthal, Literature and Mass Culture (Transaction Books, 1984)

Paul Lazarsfeld Robert Merton, Mass Communication, Popular Taste and Organized Social Action, in Rosenberg White, eds., Mass Culture (1957)

Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception," in Dialectic of Enlightenment (Continuum, 1987)

Dwight MacDonald, A Theory of Mass Culture, in B. Rosenberg D.M. White, eds., Mass Culture (Free Press, 1957)

Edward Shils, Mass Society and Its Culture, Daedalus (89) (1960): 288-314

Jean Baudrillard, Requiem for the Media, in his For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign (Telos Press, 1981).

Fredric Jameson, Reification and Utopia in Mass Culture, in Signatures of the Visible (Routledge, 1992)

Ferdinand de Saussure, The nature of the linguistic sign and The immutability and mutability of the sign, in his Course in General Linguistics (McGraw-Hill, 1959).

Jonathan Culler, “Saussure's Theory of Language, in Ferdinand de Saussure (Penguin, 1976).

Terry Eagleton, Structuralism, in Literary Theory (University of Minnesota, 1996)

Kaja Silverman, From Sign to Subject, in The Subject of Semiotics (Oxford, 1983).

Perry Anderson, Structure and Subject, in In the Tracks of Historical Materialism (University of Chicago, 1984)

Roland Barthes, Myth Today in Mythologies (Hill & Wang, 1957)

Roland Barthes, Signifier and signified, in his Elements of semiology (Hill and Wang, 1967).

Fredric Jameson, The Linguistic Model, in The Prison-House of Language (Princeton UP, 1972)

John Fiske & John Hartley, Reading Television (Metheun, 1978)

First published in 1958, Small Town in Mass Society set community studies on a new course by placing the small town within the framework of large-scale, bureaucratic mass society.

Alexander, Jeffrey C. and Ronald N. Jacobs, 1998. Mass Communication, Ritual, and Civil Society, in Media, Ritual, and Identity, ed. T. Liebes and J. Curran. London: Routledge, pp. 23-41.

Robert McChesney, Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy, New York: Seven Stories Press, 1997.

MediaMaking: Mass Media in a Popular Culture, edited by Lawrence Grossberg, Ellen Wartella, and D. Charles Whitney (Sage, 1998).

Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy by Robert McChesney (Seven Stories Press, 1997)

Gloria Steinem, "Sex, Lies, and Advertising," from Joan Gorham (ed.), Mass Media Annual Editions 99/00, Dushkin/McGraw-Hill, pp. 139173-181; originally published in Ms. Magazine, July/August 1990, pp. 18-28.

Ellen Seiter, "Semiotics and Television," from Robert C. Allen (ed.), Channels of Discourse, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987, pp. 17-41.

Todd Gitlin, "The Problem of Knowing," pp. 19-30, and By the Numbers, pp. 47-55, from Inside Prime Time (New York: Pantheon, 1983).

Oscar H. Gandy, Jr., "Tracking the Audience," from John Downing, Ali Mohammadi, and Annabelle Sreberny-Mohammadi (eds.), Questioning the Media: A Critical Introduction, Newbury Park: Sage, 1990, pp. 166-179.

Bertolt Brecht, Radio as a Means of Communication (a talk delivered in Germany in 1930), from Mattelart and Mattelart, Communication and Class Struggle Vol 2, (New York International General, 1985 pp. 169-171.

Raymond Williams, "The Social History of the Uses of Television Technology," from Television: Technology and Cultural Form, pp. 19-31.

Race Against Prime Time (video, California Newsreel): available in the Bailey-Howe library media center, or online: click here for part 1, and here for part 2. (Requires Quicktime.)

Sharyn Wizda, Parachute Journalism, American Journalism Review, July/August 1997, pp. 40-44.

Jim Edwards, "Wrong Turns," Brill's Content, January 2001, pp. 113-169

"Race Against Prime Time" (video, California Newsreel): available in the Bailey-Howe library media center, or online: click here for part 1, and here for part 2. (Requires Quicktime.)

Sharyn Wizda, Parachute Journalism, American Journalism Review, July/August 1997, pp. 40-44.