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Screen Culture: A Global History

Richard Butsch



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Polity Press
04 June 2019
Film theory & criticism; Society & Social Sciences; Media studies; Impact of science & technology on society
In this expansive historical synthesis, Richard Butsch integrates social, economic, and political history to offer a comprehensive and cohesive examination of screen media and screen culture globally - from film and television to computers and smart phones - as they have evolved through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Drawing on an enormous trove of research on the USA, Britain, France, Egypt, West Africa, India, China, and other nations, Butsch tells the stories of how media have developed in these nations and what global forces linked them. He assesses the global ebb and flow of media hegemony and the cultural differences in audiences' use of media. Comparisons across time and space reveal two linked developments: the rise and fall of American cultural hegemony, and the consistency among audiences from different countries in the way they incorporate screen entertainments into their own cultures.

Screen Culture offers a masterful, integrated global history that invites media scholars to see this landscape in a new light. Deeply engaging, the book is also suitable for students and interested general readers.
By:   Richard Butsch
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 227mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   486g
ISBN:   9780745653259
ISBN 10:   0745653251
Series:   New Directions in Media History
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   04 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Richard Butsch is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, American Studies, and Film and Media Studies at Rider University.

Reviews for Screen Culture: A Global History

Screen culture is culture - lived culture yet industrialized, ubiquitous yet iniquitous, pleasurable yet problematic for audiences around the world. Few scholars have the ambition to encompass both a historical and a global/local perspective, but Richard Butsch takes it all on with aplomb, expertly steering us through a wealth of fascinating archival research to reveal the emerging character of globalized media in this still-new millennium. Sonia Livingstone, author of The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age Richard Butsch's highly original and very readable overview of the development of screen cultures is particularly striking in the breadth of its chronological and geographical coverage. His knowledge and scholarship, based on an extensive career, ring out from the text. Richard Maltby, Flinders University

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