Politics and the Media

Politics and the Media

Film and Television for the Political Scientist and Historian

1st Edition - January 1, 1979

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  • Editor: M. J. Clark
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483155166

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Politics and the Media: Film and Television for the Political Scientist and Historian focuses on the use of film and television in the study of history and political science. Television-based history teaching in the context of the traditional university is discussed, along with the impact of broadcasting in democratic politics and the possibilities of using film in courses on American government and politics. This book is comprised of 14 chapters and begins with an analysis of some of the ramifying problems of media production in the political field, paying particular attention to the priorities and constraints within which the political message has been conceived, stored, and transmitted. The experience of the BBC in the presentation of political and current affairs on television is highlighted. Attention turns to problems associated with availability of material; the political content of broadcasting; and Hollywood feature films as social and political evidence. Subsequent chapters explore film as a teaching resource; the structural approach to film analysis; broadcast television archives; and audiovisual sources and research into modern British politics. The final chapter presents an annotated list of some European film collections. This monograph will be of value to political scientists, historians, teachers, students, researchers, and the general public interested in broadcast media.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to the Series



    I The Production Context

    The Development of an Approach to the Presentation of Political and Current Affairs on Television: The Experience of the BBC

    Television and Current Affairs

    Production and the Political Content of Broadcasting

    America on Screen? Hollywood Feature Films as Social and Political Evidence

    From October to October: The Soviet Political System in the 1920s and Its Films

    II Relationships between the Academic User and Producer

    Television-Based History Teaching in the Context of the Traditional University

    The Political Scientist as Film-Maker: Some Reflections Concerning a German Filmic Documentation Project on Election Campaigning

    III the Message Received - A User Perspective

    An Overview of Recent Research into the Impact of Broadcasting in Democratic Politics

    Political Style on Film: Neville Chamberlain

    Film as a Teaching Resource: the Possibilities of Using Film in American Government and Politics Courses

    Film Analysis: The Structural Approach

    IV Sources

    Seizing the Moving Image: Broadcast Television Archives

    Audio-Visual Sources and Research Into Modern British Politics

    Some European Film Collections: An Annotated List


Product details

  • No. of pages: 184
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1979
  • Published: January 1, 1979
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483155166

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M. J. Clark

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