Audience Analysis

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SAGE, Jul 28, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 166 pages
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`The book is essentially for a student of mass communication or may be of interest to the communications expert into communications reserach, theory or operations research. The author addresses a specific "audience" and does it to perfection with a simple very readable presentation' - The Economic Times

Denis McQuail provides a coherent and succinct account of the concept of `media audience' in terms of its history and its place in present-day media theory and research. McQuail describes and explains the main types of audience and the main traditions and fields of audience research.

Audience Analysis explains the contrast between social scientific and humanistic approaches and gives due weight to the view `from the audience' as well as the view `from the media'. McQuail summarizes key research findings and assesses the impact of new media developments, especially transnationalization and new interactive technology. The book concludes with an evaluation of the continued relevance of the audience concept under conditions of rapid media change. Audience Analysis provides both an overview of past research and a guide to current thinking.

  

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Contents

The Audience in Communication Theory and Research
12
Typologies of Audience
25
Questions of Media Reach
43
Principles of Audience Formation and Continuity
65
Social Uses of the Media
87
CommunicatorAudience Relations
109
The Audience in Flux
127
The Future of the Audience Concept
142
References
151
Index
162
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About the author (1997)

Denis McQuail is Emeritus Professor at the School of Communication Research (ASCOR) University of Amsterdam and Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Southampton. He studied history and sociology at the University of Oxford and received his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds. He is an Honorary Doctor of the University of Gent. He has published widely in the field of media and communication, with particular reference to audience research, media policy and performance, and political communication. His most recent book publications are: McQuail's Mass Communication Theory, 5th edition., Sage, 2005 and Media Accountability and Freedom of Publication, University of Oxford Press, 2003.

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