Review by Choice Review
In her introduction to this valuable collection of 16 original chapters, editor Bird (Univ. of South Florida) makes a strong case for the study of news and journalism as an important new arena of anthropological scholarship. One indication of the contemporary centrality of news and journalism to the production of social reality and cultural meaning is the convergence of academic disciplines--prominently including communication studies, British cultural studies, political science, and academic journalism itself--around the topic. Bird argues that anthropology can make a significant contribution to this interdisciplinary mix through its refined and rigorous ethnographic methods and its comparative cultural perspective. The individual chapters, authored by leading figures in media anthropology and media studies, strongly reinforce that claim. They also demonstrate that the gains are reciprocal. Combining anthropological perspectives and methods with those more central to other disciplines, such as survey research and formal content analysis, extends the scope of media anthropology. The chapters represent studies from Australia, India, Palestine, Portugal, Venezuela, Vietnam, Ghana, Zambia, Montserrat, and the US, and provide fascinating insights into the variations and continuities of news as social process in distinct cultural contexts. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. A. Arno University of Hawai'i at Manoa
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