Bringing the Sociology of Media Back In

  title={Bringing the Sociology of Media Back In},
  author={Rodney Benson},
  journal={Political Communication},
  pages={275 - 292}
In political communication research, news media tend to be studied more as a dependent than independent variable. That is, few studies link structural characteristics of media systems to the production of journalistic discourse about politics. One reason for this relative silence is the inadequacy of prevalent theories. Influential scholars in sociology and political communication such as Jürgen Habermas, Manuel Castells, and William Gamson provide only sketchy, institutionally underspecified… Expand
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