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A “crisscrossing” historical analysis of four theories of the press

Rantanen, Terhi ORCID: 0000-0002-5345-6699 (2017) A “crisscrossing” historical analysis of four theories of the press. International Journal of Communication, 11. pp. 3454-3475. ISSN 1932-8036

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Because 2016 was the 60th anniversary of the publication of Four Theories of the Press, it is time to reexplore how this book, labeled as “the bible of comparative media studies,” was born. This article applies a sociology-of-science approach, combined with histoire croisée (“crisscrossing history”), to analyze archival materials, published and unpublished (auto)biographies and previous academic research. It argues, after an analytical crisscrossing of individuals, research traditions, ideas, institutions, and their relationships that lie behind Four Theories, that the book was a compromise between the diverse interests of its authors, their backgrounds, ideas, and national and international politics, and thus an intersection of contradictory but also overlapping elements that also gave rise to new concepts of a press system and of a press theory in a transnational context

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author © CC BY-NC-ND
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2017 16:13
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2024 18:30

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