Language and Gender, 3rd Edition

By Mary Talbot

Language and Gender first appeared in 1998. The opportunity to produce a third edition has been a challenge, but a very welcome one. The field has continued to be vibrant. In constant development, it has seen significant shifts since the book’s initial publication twenty years ago. The … Read More

Feminist Media Studies

By Alison Harvey

Writing a text accounting for the changes in the media landscape since Liesbet van Zoonen set out her compelling and detailed overview of feminist media studies in 1994 was an inspiring and challenging task. New media forms, technologies, and culture are just the tip of the iceberg; … Read More

By Alison Harvey

Writing a text accounting for the changes in the media landscape since Liesbet van Zoonen set out her compelling and detailed overview of feminist media studies in 1994 was an inspiring and challenging task. New media forms, technologies, and culture are just the tip of the iceberg; … Read More

Don’t Ignore Conspiracy Theories

By Quassim Cassam

How can you not be a conspiracy theorist? It is a fact that people sometimes conspire and history books are full of stories of conspiracies by politicians and others. If you believe these obvious truths, doesn’t that make you a conspiracy theorist? Not exactly. The conspiracy theories … Read More

Media education in the age of digital capitalism


By David Buckingham

In the last couple of years, the utopian ideas that inspired the pioneers of networked digital technology – and fuelled countless marketing campaigns – have given way to a growing disillusionment. Technology is increasingly being seen as a threat, not just to democracy but also to our … Read More

Why Do People Sing?


By Paddy Scannell

Why do people sing? There is no reason. We do not have to. The wonder of singing is a joy, a blessing in itself. Something like this I try to explain in the fourth and last chapter of my short book.

The other three chapters all lead … Read More

Visual Culture

By Richard Howells

Visual culture is one of those things that seems to get only more relevant in an increasingly visual age. It also helps explain why my and Joachim Negreiros’s Visual Culture has now gone into its third edition with Polity.

When the first edition came out in 2003, … Read More

The Age of Sharing

It was in the Autumn of 2010 that I noticed that the word ‘share’ was all over the internet. Two or three things were immediately obvious: first, the word ‘sharing’ has very positive connotations and hints at intimate, authentic interpersonal relations; second, it has fairly deep roots in the world … Read More

Communicating emotions at work

I wrote Communicating Emotions at Workafter spending several decades collecting emotional narratives from clerks, probation officers, teachers, firefighters, managers, factory workers, and many others.  From this research I learned several important truths. 

First, although work is often mundane, emotional encounters make it more meaningful, memorable, humane and (sometimes) stressful.  … Read More

Practising health communication

In what ways does communication in health organizations matter to patients, consumers, and health professionals? How do health organizations function communicatively? Why do the people who work in health professions interact as they do? Communication in Health Organizations provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary review of the research literature to help readers … Read More