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Public connection through media consumption: between oversocialization and de-socialization?

Couldry, Nick and Markham, Tim (2006) Public connection through media consumption: between oversocialization and de-socialization? Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 608 (1). pp. 251-269. ISSN 1552-3349

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0002716206292342

Abstract

This article reviews the ongoing contribution of Personal Influence to our understanding of media' social consequences from the perspective of recent research (the London School of Economics “Public Connection” project, 2003-2006, conducted by the authors and Sonia Livingstone) into the extent to which shared habits of media consumption help sustain, or not, U.K. citizens' orientation to a public world. As well as reviewing specific findings of the Public Connection project that intersect with themes of Personal Influence(particularly on citizens' networks of social interaction and the available discursive contexts in which they can put their mediated knowledge of the public world to use), the article reviews the methodological similarities and differences between this recent project and that of Katz and Lazarsfeld. The result, the authors conclude, is to confirm the continued salience of the questions about the social embeddedness of media influences that Katz and Lazarsfeld posed.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ann.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2006 American Academy of Political and Social Science
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 13:28
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 08:34
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/52417

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