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Handbook of New Media: student edition

Leah A Lievrouw, Sonia Livingstone|
Sage Publications (December 2005)

Thoroughly revised and updated, this student edition of the successful Handbook of New Media has been abridged to showcase the best of the hardback edition. It stakes out the boundaries of new media research and scholarship and provides a definitive statement of the current state of the field.

New to the student edition:

  • Improved organisation of material to make it more accessible for students and easier to incorporate into course design
  • An introduction by the editors, which clearly lays out the main themes in new media studies as well as providing instructors with a guide to how to get the most out of the handbook in the classroom
  • All chapters are updated to combine classic studies and background material with latest developments in the field

The first edition of the handbook immediately established itself as the central reference work in the field. This new revised edition offers students the most comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the area.

  • Sonia Livingstone is professor of social psychology at LSE's Department of Media and Communications
  • Leah A Lievrouw is based at the University of California, Los Angeles


'A landmark volume that provides a foundation stone for a new subject - the study of new media. It is stunningly well-edited, offering a very high standard of original contributions in a skilfully orchestrated and organised textbook.'
James Curran, Goldsmiths College, University of London

'This is the first major review of interactive technologies and their cultural and social context. This is more than a welcome addition to one's library; it is the authoritative overview of international research perspectives on interactive media technologies by leading scholars around the world.'
Ellen Wartella, University of Texas, Austin

'The Handbook of New Media is a landmark for the study of information and communication technologies within the field of communication. Its international team of editors and authors has brought together insights gained from over two decades of scholarly research. This indispensable reference demonstrates an increased maturity and stature for 'new media' research within the field.'
William H Dutton, University of Southern California

Press cuttings

One step ahead of the game, P20 (17 March 06)
Harriet Swain says media studies reading lists are forever playing catch-up with trends, but James Curran and Jean Seaton have cracked the canon. Reference to the Handbook of New Media: social shaping and social consequences by Sonia Livingstone.