Book — 1 online resource (ix, 376 pages) : illustrations. Digital: data file.
Acknowledgements; Contents; 1 Action theory and communication research: An introduction; I Theory; 2 Action theory as part of social science; 3 With more hindsight: Conceptual problems and some ways forward for media use research; 4 The 'media use as social action' approach: Theory, methodology, and research evidence so far; 5 The foundation of communication and action in consciousness: Confronting action theory with systems theoretical arguments; II Methods; 6 Media communication and social interaction: Perspectives on action theory based reception research.
The action theoretical approach has already proved its value as a framework for communication research, most especially in the study of media audiences and media use. It has deep roots in Weberian sociology, symbolic interactionism and phenomenology and it has been a robust survivor of the various storms that have beset the practice of the social sciences since the collapse of structuralist and social system paradigms. The social action approach privileges the perspective of the acting individual but offers guidelines for connecting the subjective orientation with networks of social interaction and for treating 'behaviour' as a social process. Research within this framework takes account of the wider social context and calls for a careful combination of empirical observation and interpretation, with a corresponding diversity of methodologies. The appeal of the approach stems also from its flexibility, wide range of applications and sensitivity to cultural and social meanings. The contributions assembled in this book, despite their diversity, can all be placed within the framework of social action theory. Some are reports of empirical inquiries, others reflections on theory but each one sheds some light on the significance of media use in everyday experience and contributes to an understanding of communication in society. (source: Nielsen Book Data)