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Published: 11 December 1986

432 Pages

ISBN: 9780195042313

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No Sense of Place

The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior

Joshua Meyrowitz

  • An award-winning seminal book that develops a groundbreaking theory on how changes in media influence everyday social behavior and identity.
  • Rather than focusing on media messages, Meyrowitz analyzes how new media transform the "situational geography" of everyday life.
  • Develops an innovative theoretical fusion of Marshall McLuhan's perspective on media with sociologist Erving Goffman's analyses of face-to-face interaction.
  • Drawing on clear, everyday examples, the book shows how social situations and social roles can be thought of as types of "information-systems" and are therefore susceptible to change in predictable ways when media change.
  • Details how electronic media break the age-old link between location and social interaction, thereby undermining the connection between physical place and social "place."
  • Documents how electronic media have lifted many of the veils of secrecy between children and adults, men and women, and politicians and average citizens, resulting in a series of revolutionary changes, including the blurring of age, gender, and authority distinctions.
  • Written in a lively, down-to-earth style that is accessible to general readers while presenting sophisticated theory for students and scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

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