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No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior Paperback – December 11, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0195042313 ISBN-10: 019504231X Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (December 11, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019504231X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195042313
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the 2014 International Communication Association's Fellows Book Award

"... a classic book, richly deserving of the ICA 2014 Fellows Book Award, for its own merit and for the impact on the scholarship of others. No Sense of Place is a landmark in theorizing about media." --Dafna Lemish, International Communication Association


"To date, this is one of the finest presentations on this subject. It is critical that educators, parents, and those involved in our laws and decision-making read this carefully in order to address the negative impact of the electronic media on social behavior and enhance the positive uses of this media." --Anne Taybin, SUNY Stony Brook


"It's rare that such a complex subject is dealt with in such a readable style. Sociologists rarely deal with the media's role in reality construction, resource mobilization, etc., in as concrete a way as Meyrowitz does." --Denis M. Hurley, Pace University, College of White Plains


"A striking analysis of television's impact on our culture." --Ellen Goodman, syndicated columnist


"A luminous contribution to the social psychology of our time." --Stanley Milgram, author of Obedience to Authority


"Among the most important books on media yet written; a masterful piece of scholarship." --Channels


"Brilliant...a theoretical tour de force." --Journal of Communication


"A very impressive work that provides new insights into the bearing of the structure of information access in society on a surprising variety of social phenomena. The book is exceptionally well written and well reasoned. It is a display of the sociological imagination in the very best sense of that phrase." --Contemporary Sociology


"Deserves our undivided attention....An outstanding contribution." --Communication Quarterly


"The most evocative and perceptive theory of mass media effects published in the last twenty years." --Joseph Dominick, University of Georgia


"A stimulating, thoughtful analysis. Should be read by all persons interested in the media's impact on social behavior." --Joseph P. McKerns, Southern Illinois University


"Fascinating...Meyrowitz is a clear writer, most important, he is a clear, original thinker." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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Joshua Meyrowitz is a Professor of Communication at University of New Hampshire.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1997
Format: Paperback
Joshua Meyrowitz takes the reader through a fantastic and comprehensive perspective on the impact of electronic media. Beyond McLuhan, Meyrowitz challenges the reader to consider the formulative role of media, irrespective of it's content. Meyrowitz clearly details the impact of electronic media on one's perception of place, and the unrecognized rearrangement of social forums. This book is a MUST READ for those interested in the impact of television and computer networking technologies on contemporary social life--if understood, it will forever change your perceptions of media
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Derek on February 12, 2001
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Revisiting and moving beyond his predecessors, Meyrowitz's book provides a wonderful framework that allows the reader of any level to appreciate the role of mediated communication in shaping social spheres and orders...both historically and today.
Written in a style that avoids the high-semantics of academia and avoids the vague poetics of McLuhan, Meyrowitz's book is perhaps most fascinating because of the fact that it was written fifteen years ago: before the internet boom, before the merger-mania of media conglomeritization, etc. In my opinion, Meyrowitz's ideas are still very relevant and are a true signifier of the brilliance of this text.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1998
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To understand the impact of media, you have two choiches: you decode McLuhan and DeKerkhove (at least try), or you read this book. Meyrowitz writes from the perspective of a child and of a socioligist of media, describing how television has changed forever the way we relate to space, both public and private. With theatrical recollections of family scenes from the 60's and cultured references to other studies Meyrowitz manages to make us look at TV and media in general as we never did before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Mulloy on April 11, 2014
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Meyrowitz discusses how television and electronic media erode our sense of place. Walking over some drumlins in County Cavan Ireland with a distant cousin and later riding through Pine Ride with a Lakota friend drove home the importance of Meyrowitz's critique. Both the Irishman and the Lakota had intimate connections with their land and environment which were infused with meaning. We no longer have that and it is our loss. this book is worth reading.
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