Reading List for new MSc Students

In case you wish to do any advance reading for your MSc, we have put together a list of interesting books worth reading, many of which will be relevant to your specific programme of study. Of course we don't expect you to read all or even any of them in advance, though you will find them on your reading lists for when you arrive at LSE.

So, if you want to get into the right frame of mind now, or do a bit of advance work, do consider dipping into one or more of these, if you can find them in your library or local bookshop.

This is a general list for all of our students, you will find a list for each of the MSc programmes at the right hand column.

  • Bailey, O., Cammaerts, B. and Carpentier, N. (2008) Understanding Alternative Media. Maidenhaid: Open University Press.
  • Bennett, L. and Entman, R. (2001) (Eds.) Mediated Politics. Cambridge University Press.
  • Boczkowski, P. J. (2004). Digitizing the News. London: The MIT Press.
  • Buckingham, D., & Bragg, S. (2004) Young People, Sex and the Media: The facts of life? Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Castells, M. (2009) Communication Power. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Chadwick, A. (2006) Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Chouliaraki, L. (2012) The Ironic Spectator: Solidarity in the Age of Post-Humanitarianism. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Couldry, N. (2012) Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Curran, J. and Park, M-J. (Eds.) (2000) De-Westernizing Media Studies. London: Routledge.
  • Curran, J. and Seaton, J. (2010) Power Without Responsibility. 7th Edition. London: Routledge.
  • De Zengotita, T. (2005) Mediated: How the media shapes your world and the way you live in it. New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Fuchs, C. (2013) Social Media: A Critical Introduction. London: Sage. 
  • Georgiou, M. (2013) Media and the City. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Jenkins, H. (2006). Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York: New York University Press.
  • Lewis, J., Inthorn, S., & Wahl-Jorgensen, K. (2005) Citizens or Consumers? What the media tell us about political participation. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Livingstone, S. (2009) Children and the Internet. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Mansell, R. (2012) Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation and Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Mattelart, A. (2003) The Information Society: An introduction. London: Sage.
  • McChesney, R.; Newman, R.; Scott, B. (eds.) (2005) The Future of Media: Resistance and Reform in the 21st Century, New York: Seven Sisters Press.
  • Meyer, T. (2002) Media Democracy: How the media colonize politics. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Meyrowitz, J. (1985) No Sense of Place. Oxford University Press.
  • Peters, J. D. (1999) Speaking Into The Air: A history of the idea of communication. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Sanders, K. (2009) Communicating Politics in the Twenty-First Century, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Silverstone, R. (1999) Why Study the Media? London: Sage.
  • Silverstone, R. (2006) Media and Morality. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Thussu, D. (Ed.) (2007) Media on the Move: Global Flow and Contra-flow. London, New York: Routledge.
  • Williams, R. (2003) Television: Technology and Cultural Form. London: Routledge.