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The Mass Media & Social Problems - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080289182, 9781483293530

The Mass Media & Social Problems, Volume 2

1st Edition

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Author: D. Howitt
Editor: Michael Argyle
eBook ISBN: 9781483293530
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st April 1982
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Table of Contents

(partial) The Historical and Theoretical Background to the Debate on the Mass Media and Social Problems: Introduction. Three models of mass communications research. Important concepts in mass communications theory. Psychological theory in mass communications research. The Mass Media and Conflict in Society: The mass media and crises. The Mass Media and the Treatment of Minority Groups: Race and the mass media. Sexism and the mass media. Sex, Violence, Crime and Justice: Violence and the mass media. Sex, eroticism and pornography. Crime and the mass media. The courts and the newsmedia. The Mass Media and the Social Services: Education, Health and Welfare: Education and the mass media: compensating for the educational disadvantaged. Health, ill health and mass media. The mass media and welfare.


Discusses the way the mass media treats social problems, its contribution to causing and curing social problems, and its use by concerned organisations and groups wishing to act to reduce social problems. It brings together a wide range of topics including racism, sexism, poverty, violence, pornography, the educational disadvantaged, and crime and justice.


Of interest to people involved in psychology, social psychology, sociology, communication, journalism and social sciences.


© Pergamon 1982
1st April 1982
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@qu:This is a book whose liveliness and gusto will anger some and delight many... This is a book I'd recommend to someone who wanted a lively and well-written guide to the mass media and social problems.

Bulletin of the British Psychological Society @source: @qu:...a well-documented survey of the major literature on the interaction of mass media and social problems. @source:Language and Social Psychology @qu:...a fascinating study @source:Reconciliation Quarterly

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About the Author

D. Howitt

Affiliations and Expertise

Loughborough University, UK

About the Editor

Michael Argyle