Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
| Editors: Anne L. C. Runehov, Lluis Oviedo

Media Studies

  • Jill Dierberg
  • Lynn Schofield Clark
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_1424

Media studies as a discipline draws upon roots in early twentieth century social theory and literary criticism. At that time, scholars in the USA and the UK were concerned with social problems arising in relation to industrialization. Scholars such as Robert E. Park, W.I. Thomas, George Herbert Mead, and Florian Znaniecki in what is known as the Chicago school of sociology questioned how well new immigrant communities were adjusting to urban life which led John Dewey to ponder whether the then new medium of newspapers would assist in securing a greater sense of community and led Herbert Blumer to oversee the first empirical studies of the impact of films on children and young adults. At the same time, literary critics in the UK, Frank R. and Queenie R. Leavis, were concerned that industrialization would destroy the cultural continuity of English language and literature. Unlike the New Critics of the USA at the time, Frank R. Leavis was concerned that fiction and poetry could not be...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Communication and Digital MediaCarthage CollegeWIUSA
  2. 2.University of DenverDenverUSA