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James Carey-scholar, media critic, and teacher of journalists-almost single-handedly established the importance of defining a cultural perspective when analyzing communications. Interspersing Carey’s major essays with articles exploring his central themes and their importance, this collection provides a critical introduction to the work of this significant figure. Long before the “interpretive turn” became the fashion in the humanities and sociology, Carey was busily studying and combining the ideas of an impressive array of philosophers, sociologists, historians, and anthropologists, including John Dewey, Clifford Geertz, Raymond Williams, Thomas Kuhn, Max Weber, C. Wright Mills, Richard Rorty, Jürgen Habermas, Harold Innis, and Lewis Mumford. In James Carey: A Critical Reader, seven scholars who have been influenced by him consider his work and how it has affected the development of media studies. Carey has demonstrated that mass communications serve a complex function in society, with one central question reflecting his concerns: How does one make democracy work in a vast country that spans a continent? In his view, symbols, language, and those who create them are reality-creating, rather than reality-reflecting. Carey has examined the roles the media and the academy have played in creating and maintaining a public sphere, as well as the ways technology helps or hinders that project. Carey’s themes range from the strains on democracy and drawbacks of technology to the critique of journalism and the politics of academe. Contributors: G. Stuart Adam, Carleton U, Canada; James Carey, Columbia U; Carolyn Marvin, U of Pennsylvania; John Pauly, St. Louis U; Jay Rosen, New York U; Michael Schudson, U of California, San Diego.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Eve Stryker Munson, Catherine A. Warren
  3. pp. ix-xx
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  1. Part I
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Introduction: On the Origins of Media Studies (and Media Scholars)
  2. John Pauly
  3. pp. 3-13
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  1. 1. The Chicago School and the History of Mass Communication Research
  2. pp. 14-33
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  1. 2. The Roots of Modern Media Analysis: Lewis Mumford and Marshall McLuhan
  2. pp. 34-59
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  1. 3. Communications and Economics
  2. pp. 60-76
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  1. Part II
  2. pp. 77-78
  1. Introduction: The Problem of Journalism History, 1996
  2. Michael Schudson
  3. pp. 79-85
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  1. 4. The Problem of Journalism History
  2. pp. 86-94
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  1. 5. "Putting the World at Peril": A Conversation with James W. Carey
  2. pp. 95-116
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  1. Part III
  2. pp. 117-118
  1. Introduction: Famed Psychic's Head Explodes: James Carey on the Technology of Journalism
  2. Carolyn Marvin
  3. pp. 119-127
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  1. 6. The Communications Revolution and the Professional Communicator
  2. pp. 128-143
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  1. 7. The Dark Continent of American Journalism
  2. pp. 144-188
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  1. Part IV
  2. pp. 189-190
  1. Introduction: "We'll Have That Conversation": Journalism and Democracy in the Thought of James W. Carey
  2. Jay Rosen
  3. pp. 191-206
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  1. 8. "A Republic, If You Can Keep It": Liberty and Public Life in the Age of Glasnost
  2. pp. 207-227
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  1. 9. The Press, Public Opinion, and Public Discourse: On the Edge of the Postmodern
  2. pp. 228-258
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  1. Part V
  2. pp. 259-260
  1. Introduction: James Carey's Academy
  2. G.Stuart Adam
  3. pp. 261-269
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  1. 10. Political Correctness and Cultural Studies
  2. pp. 270-291
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  1. 11. Salvation by Machines: Can Technology Save Education?
  2. pp. 292-307
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  1. Afterword: The Culture in Question
  2. James W. Carey
  3. pp. 308-340
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  1. Bibliography of Works by James W. Carey
  2. pp. 341-346
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 347-350
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 351-355
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816686933
Related ISBN
9780816627035
MARC Record
OCLC
567983665
Pages
376
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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