Media and Class in the Twenty-first Century

Authored by: Erika Polson , Lynn Schofield Clark , Radhika Gajjala

The Routledge Companion to Media and Class

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138493612
eBook ISBN: 9781351027342
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This chapter introduces the Routledge Companion to Media and Class with a brief review of how media have historically been studied in association with modern class formations, and argues that questions of media and class in the twenty-first century require a broad understanding of a context in which rapid technological change is occurring in ways that are reconfiguring the expectations between differing members of societies with their variegated access to material and technological resources. The chapter argues that an examination of the everyday is an important place to start as scholars seek to better understand class in relation to how intersectional tensions around the mobility and digitization of media are mediated and negotiated in an era of globalization, providing examples. Finally, the chapter includes a discussion of the 24 contributions that make up the collection overall.

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