Featured Books: June

mass media reserach1.Sociolinguistic Research : Application and Impact

edited by Robert Lawson and Dave Sayers

Sociolinguistic Research: Application and Impact provides a unique overview of international research projects, showcasing their positive outcomes and offering critical insights and constructive critiques into the meaning of ‘impact’ in contemporary research. The book includes: * original findings from cutting-edge research from scholars such as Mary Bucholtz, Walt Wolfram and Peter Patrick; * coverage of organisational contexts including education, government, justice, heritage, and the workplace; * activities including after-school programmes, workplace training courses, social media campaigns, and video productions; * application of research to professional practice including teaching (primary school to university), adjudication, police interviewing, and governmental policymaking; * contributors’ personal reflections on the research process and its outcomes, including constructive critiques of institutional definitions of impact. With chapters spanning research across five continents, Sociolinguistic Research: Application and Impact is essential reading for sociolinguistic researchers, students embarking on sociolinguistic research, and anyone interested in the practical application of research on language and society.
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digital dissertation and theses2.The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address

edited by Shawn J. Parry-Giles and J. Michael Hogan

The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address is a state-of-the-art companion to the field that showcases both the historical traditions and the future possibilities for public address scholarship in the twenty-first century.

  • Focuses on public address as both a subject matter and a critical perspective
  • Mindful of the connections between the study of public address and the history of ideas
  • Provides an historical overview of public address research and pedagogy, as well as a reassessment of contemporary public address scholarship by those most engaged in its practice
  • Includes in-depth discussions of basic issues and controversies public address scholarship
  • Explores the relationship between the study of public address and contemporary issues of civic engagement and democratic citizenship
  • Reflects the diversity of views among public address scholars, advancing on-going discussions and debates over the goals and character of rhetorical scholarship


infant and toddler3. Media Representation and the Global Imagination

by Shani Orgad

This book is a clear, systematic, original and lively account of how media representations shape the way we see our and others’ lives in a global age. It provides in-depth analysis of a range of international media representations of disaster, war, conflict, migration and celebration.

The book explores how images, stories and voices, on television, the Internet, and in advertisements and newspapers, invite us to relocate to distant contexts, and to relate to people who are remote from our daily lives, by developing ‘mediated intimacy’ and focusing on the self. It also explores how these representations shape our self-narratives.

Orgad examines five sites of media representation – the other, the nation, possible lives, the world and the self. She argues that representations can and should contribute to fostering more ambivalence and complexity in how we think and feel about the world, our place in it and our relation to far-away others.

Media Representations and the Global Imagination will be of particular interest to students and scholars of media and cultural studies, as well as sociology, politics, international relations, development studies and migration studies.