Historical approaches to media studies

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In recent decades, media history has become increasingly prominent, with scholarship emerging from a wide variety of disciplines. This chapter examines the methodological issues involved in conducting historical research in media studies. Using Adrian Bingham's Family Newspapers? and Laura Beers's Your Britain as case studies, it explains such topics as historical context, locating primary sources, and the production and reception of media texts. In addition, it outlines the wide variety of historical approaches that can be employed, including textual analysis, policy history, institutional history, and biography.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe international encyclopedia of media studies: Research Methods in Media Studies
EditorsFabienne Darling-Wolf
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781444361506
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


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