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James Curran, Author of the Month, February 2010

James Curran and Jean Seaton's recently published 7th edition of Power Without Responsibility is the seminal book on the history and current state of the British media. It is now fully updated to include all the recent developments in media theory and practice.

James Curran is Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths University, London. He has also held endowed visiting chairs at Penn, Stanford, Stockholm and Oslo Universities.
He has written or edited eighteen books about the mass media, some in conjunction with others, including the renowned Power Without Responsibility. His work is in four main areas - media political economy, media influence, media history and media theory. He was a member of the Annenberg Press Commission, USA and is currently the UK representative on the European Commission committee promoting research on broadcasting in central and Eastern Europe. He has given numerous public lectures and keynote addresses to conferences, most recently in Beijing, Brasilia, Dublin, London, Philadelphia and Tokyo.

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  1. Culture, Society and the Media

    Edited by Tony Bennett, James Curran, Michael Gurevitch, Janet Wollacott

    This book discusses two related themes concerning the role and processes of mass communication in society. The first deals with questions regarding the power of the media: how should it be defined? how is it wielded and by whom? are previous approaches and answers to such questions adequate? The...

    Published April 15th 1982 by Routledge

  2. De-Westernizing Media Studies

    Edited by James Curran, Myung-Jin Park

    Series: Communication and Society

    De-Westernizing Media Studies brings together leading media critics from around the world to address central questions in the study of the media. How do the media connect to power in society? Who and what influence the media? How is globalization changing both society and the media?...

    Published December 23rd 1999 by Routledge

  3. Explorations in Communication and History

    Edited by Barbie Zelizer

    Series: Shaping Inquiry in Culture, Communication and Media Studies

    When and how do communication and history impact each other? How do disciplinary perspectives affect what we know? Explorations in Communication and History addresses the link between what we know and how we know it by tracking the intersection of communication and history. Asking how each...

    Published October 22nd 2008 by Routledge

  4. Media and Cultural Theory

    Edited by James Curran, David Morley

    Containing new thinking and original surveys, Media & Cultural Theory brings together leading international scholars to address key issues and debates within media and cultural studies. Through the use of contemporary media and film texts such as Bridget Jones’ Diary and The Lord of the...

    Published November 17th 2005 by Routledge

  5. Media, Ritual and Identity

    Edited by James Curran, Tamar Liebes

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    Media, Ritual and Identity examines the role of the media in society; its complex influence on democratic processes and its participation in the construction and affirmation of different social identities. It draws extensively upon cultural anthropology and combines a commanding overview of...

    Published April 16th 1998 by Routledge