About this series
Palgrave Entertainment Industries is the first series to take an empirical multidisciplinary approach to the understanding of entertainment—defined as “audience-centred culture”. The series understands the work of culture by studying production (including distribution), texts and consumption practices. While maintaining a sophisticated and reflective intellectual stance, Palgrave Entertainment Industries leaves behind anti-empirical “mass-culture” models of commercial culture in order to take an evidence-based approach to entertainment as a cultural system.
Entertainment has been an integral component of everyday lives throughout modernity, remaining remarkably consistent in its textual features for over two hundred years. It is the form of most culture consumed by the majority of citizens of Western countries. The entertainment industries are diverse, encompassing sectors including film, radio and sports, music, television, casinos and live events/festivals, and were estimated to be worth more than US$2.2 trillion in 2012, in addition to employing millions of people around the world.
This innovative new series will address the lack of academic attention devoted to entertainment by examining the ways that entertainment as a product, as an industry and as an activity can be understood in our society.
Series advisory board:
Jonathan Gray, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Henry Jenkins III, USC Annenberg School for Communication and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, USA
Shay Sayre, California State University, Fullerton, USA
Liesbet van Zoonen, Loughborough University, UK