Key Works

This page is designed as a public resource for political communication-related works.  Please contact Daniel Kreiss if you have something you would like to contribute.

Qualitative Studies of Political Communication

Alexander, Jeffrey C. The civil sphere. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Alexander, Jeffrey C. “Cultural pragmatics: Social performance between ritual and strategy.” Sociological Theory 22, no. 4 (2004): 527-573

Anderson, C. W. 2013. Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Anderson, C. W., and Daniel Kreiss. “Black Boxes as Capacities for and Constraints on Action: Electoral Politics, Journalism, and Devices of Representation.” Qualitative Sociology 36, no. 4 (2013): 365-382.

Barry, Andrew. Political machines: Governing a technological society. Continuum  International Publishing Group, 2001.

Bennett, W. Lance, and Murray Edelman. “Toward a new political narrative.” Journal of Communication 35, no. 4 (1985): 156-171.

Benson, Rodney. “Bringing the sociology of media back in.” Political Communication, 21, no. 3 (2004): 275-292.

Benson, Rodney. 2013. Shaping Immigration News: A French-American Comparison. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Berelson, Bernard R., Paul F. Lazarsfeld and William N. McPhee. 1954. Voting: A Study of Opinion Formation in a Presidential Campaign. Chicago: University of  Chicago Press.

Berry, Jeffrey M., and Sarah Sobieraj. The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Boczkowski, P. J. (2004). Digitizing the news. Boston: MIT Press.

Bohman, James. Public deliberation: pluralism, complexity and democracy. The MIT Press, 2000.

Bowker, Geoffrey C., and Susan Leigh Star. Sorting things out: Classification and its consequences. The MIT Press, 2000

Calhoun, Craig J., ed. Habermas and the public sphere. MIT press, 1992.

Carroll, Patrick. Science, culture, and modern state formation. Univ of California Press, 2006.

Chadwick, A. (2013). The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power. New York: Oxford University Press.

Edelman, Murray Jacob. The symbolic uses of politics. University of Illinois Press, 1985.

Edelman, Murray. Constructing the political spectacle. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Eliasoph, Nina. Avoiding politics: How Americans produce apathy in everyday life. Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Fenno, Richard F. Home style: House members in their districts. Boston: Little, Brown, 1978.

Gamson, William A., David Croteau, William Hoynes, and Theodore Sasson. “Media images and the social construction of reality.” Annual review of sociology (1992): 373-393.

Gamson, William A. Talking politics. Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Gamson, William A., and Gadi Wolfsfeld. “Movements and media as interacting systems.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (1993): 114-125.

Gaventa, John. Power and powerlessness: Quiescence and rebellion in an Appalachian Valley. University of Illinois Press, 1982.

Gershon, Sarah Allen. (2012). “Press Secretaries, Journalists, and Editors: Shaping LocalCongressional News Coverage.” Political Communication 29, no. 2 (2012): 160–183.

Gitlin, Todd. (1978). “Media Sociology: The Dominant Paradigm.” Theory and Society 6(2): 205-253.

Hart, Roderick P. Campaign talk: Why elections are good for us. Princeton University Press, 2009.

Herbst, Susan. (1998.) Reading Public Opinion: How Political Actors View the Democratic Process. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Howard, P. N. (2006). New Media Campaigns and the Managed Citizen. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Peters, John Durham, and Peter Simonson, eds. Mass communication and American social thought: Key texts, 1919-1968. Rowman & Littlefield, 2004

Just, Marion R., Ann N. Crigler, Dean E. Alger, Timothy E. Cook, Montague Kern and Darrell M. West. 1996. Crosstalk: Citizens, Candidates, and the Media in a Presidential Campaign. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Karpf, D. (2012). The MoveOn effect: The unexpected transformation of American political advocacy. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Katz, Elihu. “Why sociology abandoned communication.” The American Sociologist 40, no. 3 (2009): 167-174.

Kreiss, Daniel. (2012) Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lang, Gladys Engel and Kurt Lang. (1983). The Battle for Public Opinion: The President, the Press, and the Polls During Watergate. New York: Columbia University Press.

Lang, Kurt and Gladys Engel Lang. Television and Politics. Chicago: Quadrangle Books.

Lazarsfeld, Paul, Bernard Berelson, and Hazel Gaudet. (1968). The People’s Choice: How the Voter Makes Up His Mind in an Election Campaign. (3rd Edition). New York: Columbia University Press.

Lee, Taeku. 2002. Mobilizing Public Opinion: Black Insurgency and Racial Attitudes in the Civil Rights Era. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Mendelberg, Tali. The race card: Campaign strategy, implicit messages and the norm of equality. Princeton University Press, 2001.

Neuman, W. Russell, and Lauren Guggenheim. “The Evolution of Media Effects Theory: A Six-Stage Model of Cumulative Research.” Communication Theory 21, no. 2 (2011): 169-196.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2012. Ground Wars. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Nimmo, Dan. “Political image makers and the mass media.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 427, no. 1 (1976): 33-44.

Nimmo, Dan. “Mass communication and politics.” In The Handbook of political behavior, pp. 241-288. Springer US, 1981.

Pooley, Jefferson, and Elihu Katz. “Further Notes on Why American Sociology Abandoned Mass Communication Research.” Journal of Communication 58, no. 4 (2008): 767-786.

Polletta, Francesca. Freedom is an endless meeting: Democracy in American Social Movements. University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Schudson, Michael. The good citizen. Basic Books, 1998.

Simonson, P. (2010). The streets of Laredo: Mercurian rhetoric and the Obama campaign. Western Journal of Communication74(1), 94-126.

Sobieraj, Sarah. Soundbitten: The perils of media-centered political activism. NYU Press, 2011.

Taylor, Charles. Modern social imaginaries. Duke University Press, 2004.

Thompson, John B. The Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Media. Stanford University Press, 1995.

Turner, Fred. The democratic surround: Multi media and American liberalism from World War II to the psychedelic 60s. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Vaccari, Cristian. Digital politics in Western democracies: a comparative study. JHU Press, 2013.

Warner, Michael. “Publics and counterpublics.” Public culture 14, no. 1 (2002): 49-90.

Waisbord, Silvio. ed. 2014. Media Sociology: A Reappraisal. Cambridge, UK: Polity.

Walsh, Katherine Cramer. (2004) Talking About Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Methods Texts

Lazarsfeld, Paul. (1972). Qualitative Analysis: Historical and Critical Essays. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, Inc.

Luker, Kristin. 2008. Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Middleton, M. K., Senda-Cook, S., & Endres, D. (2011). Articulating rhetorical field methods: Challenges and tensions. Western Journal of Communication,75(4), 386-406.

Statements on Theory

Bennett, W. Lance, and Shanto Iyengar. 2008. “A New Era of Minimal Effects? The Changing Foundations of Political Communication.” Journal of Communication 58 (4): 707–731.

Neuman, W. R. and L. Guggenheim. (2011). The Evolution of Media Effects Theory: A Six-Stage Model of Cumulative Research. Communication Theory, 1050-3293