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Historical approaches to media studies
The international encyclopedia of media studies
  • Mark HAMPTON, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
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  • Historical methodology,
  • media history,
  • archival research,
  • research topics,
  • interdisciplinary approaches

In recent decades, media history has become increasingly prominent, with scholarship emerging from a wide variety of disciplines. This chapter examines the methodological issues involved in conducting historical research in media studies. Using Adrian Bingham's Family Newspapers? and Laura Beers's Your Britain as case studies, it explains such topics as historical context, locating primary sources, and the production and reception of media texts. In addition, it outlines the wide variety of historical approaches that can be employed, including textual analysis, policy history, institutional history, and biography.

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ISBN of the source publication: 9781444361506
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Hampton, M. (2013). Historical approaches to media studies. In Angharad N. Valdivia (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of media studies. Vol. 7, Research methods in media studies (pp. 381-398). Malden: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781444361506.wbiems188