Global Handbooks in Media and Communication

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The Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research series is published by IAMCR and Wiley Blackwell. This series emerged from a recognition that we need to foster the publications of key reference texts that build from and are relevant to global contexts. 

With a membership from around 100 countries, IAMCR is uniquely positioned to lead this series, contributing to communication and media scholarship that reflects the global diversity of its participants. Its members promote global inclusiveness and excellence within the best traditions of critical research in the field.  

These handbooks are global in the best sense: in scope, authorship and perspective.  Intended to move away from reproducing dominant western and northern assumptions, the series is designed to lead a more comprehensive global conversation.  

The volumes are designed to highlight the best critical scholarship in key areas of communication and media research. Chapters engage contemporary theories, in historical context, include empirical work drawn across different countries and regions, and advance incisive arguments in clear and compelling presentations. 

IAMCR members are eligible for a 30% discount on this or any other title in the series (valid until 31 December 2025). To access the discount send an email to

Proposal Guidelines are available from the Series Editors. 

Series Editors: Janet Wasko [contact] and Karin Gwinn Wilkins [contact

Ex Officio Editor: Nico Carpentier

Advisory Board: Divina Frau-Meigs (France), Cees Hamelink (Netherlands), Tawana Kupe (South Africa), Guillermo Mastrini (Argentina), Richard Maxwell (US), Aimeé Vega Montiel (Mexico), Graham Murdock (UK), Vinod Pavarala (India), Jack Qiu (Singapore/Hong Kong), Jessica Retis (US), Helena Sousa (Portugal) and Thomas Tufte (UK)

The Handbook of Development Communication and Social Change

Edited by Karin Gwinn Wilkins, Thomas Tufte, Rafael Obregon, 2014

This valuable resource offers a wealth of practical and conceptual guidance to all those engaged in struggles for social justice around the world. It explains in accessible language and painstaking detail how to deploy and to understand the tools of media and communication in advancing the goals of social, cultural, and political change.

The Handbook of Media Audiences

Edited by Virginia Nightingale, 2011

This handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the complexity and diversity of audience studies in the advent of digital media.

“Admirably comprehensive and with original contributions from leading scholars in the field, this is a volume that everyone should have on their shelf.”
- Graham Murdock, Loughborough University

The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications

Edited by Janet Wasko, Graham Murdock and Helena Sousa, 2011

Over the last decade, political economy has grown rapidly as a specialist area of research and teaching within communications and media studies and is now established as a core element in university programmes around the world. The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications offers students and scholars a comprehensive, authoritative, up-to-date and accessible overview of key areas and debates.

The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy

Edited by Robin Mansell and Marc Raboy, 2011

Co-published by IAMCR and Wiley-Blackwell, this book offers insights into the boundaries of this field of study, assesses why it is important, who is affected, and with what political, economic, social and cultural consequences. It provides the most up to date and comprehensive collection of essays from top scholars in the field, including contributions from western and eastern Europe, North and Central America, Africa and Asia.

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