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Palgrave Macmillan

Personal Media and Everyday Life

A Networked Lifeworld

ISBN 9781137446459
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

This book argues that the plethora of new genres, apps and services in digital personal media must be understood historically and sociologically, and insists that sociology, media and communication theory can provide insight beyond surveys on media use and effects. It introduces key terms like 'personal media', 'personalisation' and the 'lifeworld' in order to embed current media use in a proper historical context and theoretical framework. Theorists like McLuhan, Goffman, Habermas, Luhmann, Bauman, de Certeau and Foucault are discussed to indicate the formative power of personal media in daily life. This book argues that mass communication models will not do in examining the use of personal media. Key communication theories are discussed along with the concepts of skills, social capital and social network.

Terje Rasmussen is Professor of Media Studies at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, Norway. His books in English include Social Theory and Communication Technology and Digital Media Revisited: Theoretical and Conceptual Innovations in Digital Domains (with Gunnar Liestøl and Andrew Morrison).

1. Introduction: Personal Media

2. Encircling the Person

3. A Networked Lifeworld

4. Communication in Personal Media

5. Personal Media Theory

6. Personal Media and Social Capital


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