Theory and Methods of Analysis

Models for Understanding Magazines

Authored by: Carolyn Kitch

The Routledge Handbook of Magazine Research

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138854161
eBook ISBN: 9781315722283
Adobe ISBN: 9781317524533

10.4324/9781315722283.ch1

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Abstract

Over the past quarter-century, magazine scholars have been influenced by many of the theoretical ideas that have informed the larger field of communication inquiry, as well as other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. The resulting work has offered new understandings of magazines and magazine audiences as economic, social and cultural forces. This chapter surveys those developments, considering how they add to the literature and yet also underscore some central tensions in beliefs about the role of media in society.

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