A sprightly, critical and intelligent guided tour around the mansion of media and communications/cultural research... enormously useful for students and researchers. - James Curran, Goldsmiths, University of London A highly comprehensive guide to core concepts in media theory and criticism. - Andrew Goodwin, University of San Francisco A great resource for new under-grads and something I urge my students to buy and use as a hand first 'port of call' throughout their studies. - Paul Smith, De Montfort University This book covers the key concepts central to understanding recent developments in media and communications studies. Wide-ranging in scope and accessible in style it sets out a useful, clear map of the important theories, methods and debates. The entries critically explore the limits of a key concept as much as the traditions that define it. They include clear definitions, are introduced within the wider context of the field and each one: is fully cross-referenced is appropriately illustrated with examples, tables and diagrams provides a guide to further reading. This book is an essential resource for students of media and communications across sociology, cultural studies, creative industries and of course, media and communications courses.