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Palgrave Entertainment Industries

Entertainment Values

How do we Assess Entertainment and Why does it Matter?

Editors: Harrington, Stephen (Ed.)

  • Brings together numerous original essays examining what precisely entertainment is and why it matters 
  • Moves the state of entertainment studies as a proto-field further forward 
  • Offers a wealth of opinions, thoughts and approaches to entertainment 
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About this book

This collection brings together the work of a range of scholars from around the world with different perspectives on one simple question: How can we assess the value of various entertainment products and forms?
Entertainment is everywhere. The industries that produce it earn billions of dollars each year and employ hundreds of thousands of people. Its pervasiveness means almost everyone has something to say about entertainment, too, whether it be our opinion on the latest Hollywood blockbuster, a new celebrity couple, or our concerns over its place in the world of politics. And yet, in spite of its significance, entertainment has too-often been dismissed with surprising ease within the academy as a ‘mindless’, ‘lowbrow’ – even ‘dangerous’ – form of culture, and therefore unworthy of serious appraisal (let alone praise).
Entertainment Values, challenges this assumption, offering a better understanding of what entertainment is, why we should take it seriously, as well as helping us to appreciate the significant and complex impact it has on our culture. 

About the authors

Stephen Harrington is Associate Professor in Journalism, Media and Communication at the Queensland University of Technology, and has published widely on the transforming relationships between politics, journalism, and popular media. 

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • How Can We Value Entertainment? And, Why Does It Matter?

    Harrington, Stephen

    Pages 1-10

  • What Is Entertainment? The Value of Industry Definitions

    Collis, Christy

    Pages 11-22

  • From Toyetic to Toyesis: The Cultural Value of Merchandising

    Bainbridge, Jason

    Pages 23-39

  • Screaming on a Ride to Nowhere: What Roller Coasters Teach Us About Being Human

    Anderson, Dana (et al.)

    Pages 41-58

  • Entertainment for the Mind, Body and Spirit

    Lindsey-Warren, Tyrha M.

    Pages 59-69

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-47290-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-47289-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Entertainment Values
Book Subtitle
How do we Assess Entertainment and Why does it Matter?
Editors
  • Stephen Harrington
Series Title
Palgrave Entertainment Industries
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47290-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47290-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47289-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 304
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations
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