Media and Social Life
Edited by Mary Beth Oliver, Arthur A. Raney
Routledge – 2014 – 240 pages
Series: Electronic Media Research Series
Our use of media touches on almost all aspects of our social lives, be they friendships, parent-child relationships, emotional lives, or social stereotypes. How we understand ourselves and others is now largely dependent on how we perceive ourselves and others in media, how we interact with one another through mediated channels, and how we share, construct, and understand social issues via our mediated lives.
This volume highlights cutting edge scholarship from preeminent scholars in media psychology that examines how media intersect with our social lives in three broad areas: media and the self; media and relationships; and social life in emerging media. The scholars in this volume not only provide insightful and up-to-date examinations of theorizing and research that informs our current understanding of the role of media in our social lives, but they also detail provocative and valuable roadmaps that will form that basis of future scholarship in this crucially important and rapidly evolving media landscape.
Part 1: Media and the Self
1: Emotion, Media, and Our Social World
Robin L. Nabi
2: Media and Identity
Markus Appel, Martina Mara, and Silvana Weber
3: Morality and the Selection, Reception, and Effects of Entertainment Media
Arthur A. Raney and Sophie H. Janicke
4: Media and Spirituality
5: Integrating Technology and Media and the Social Learning Ecosystem: The Evolving State of Formal Learning
Brittney Huntington and J. Alison Bryant
Part 2: Media and Relationships
6: Media and Social Groups
Mary Beth Oliver, Jennifer Hoewe, Erin Ash, Keunyeong Kim, Mun-Young Chung, and Drew Shade
7: The Domestication of Media in the Family
8: Media and Friendships
9: Sex, Romance, and Media: Taking Stock of Two Research Literatures
Jennifer Stevens Aubrey and Hilary Gamble
10: Mediated Relationships and Social Life: Current Research on Fandom, Parasocial Relationships, and Identification
Part 3: Emerging Media and Social Life
11: Video Games and Social Life
12: The Structural Transformation of Mobile Communication: Implications for Self and Society
Scott W. Campbell, Rich Ling, and Joseph B. Bayer
13: The Place Where Our Social Networks Reside: Social Media and Sociality
Kelly Quinn and Zizi Papacharissi
Mary Beth Oliver is professor of Communication at Penn State University. She specializes in media and psychology, focusing on both the psychological effects of media and on viewers' attraction to or enjoyment of media content.
Arthur A. Raney is associate professor of communication and director of doctoral studies at Florida State University.