Culture and Media II:


In the last decade, a new field?the ethnography of media?has emerged as an exciting new arena of research. While claims about media in people?s lives are made on a daily basis, surprisingly little research has actually attempted to look at how media is part of the naturally occurring lived realities of people?s lives. In the last decade, anthropologists and media scholars interested in film, television, and video have been turning their attention increasingly beyond the text and the empiricist notions of audiences (stereotypically associated with the ethnography of media), to consider, ethnographically, the complex social worlds in which media is produced, circulated, and consumed, at home and elsewhere. This work theorizes media studies from the point of view of cross-cultural ethnographic realities and anthropology from the perspective of new spaces of communication focusing on the social, economic, and political life of media and how it makes a difference in the daily lives of people as a practice, whether in production, reception, or circulation.

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4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Spring 2019

Stephanie Schiavenato
T: 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM 25WV 102
Faye Ginsburg
T: 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM 25WV 102