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Children and the Movies
Media Influence and the Payne Fund Controversy


Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Mass Communication

George Gerbner
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  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521041454

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  • An analysis of the first and most comprehensive study of the influence of movies on American youth, the Payne Fund Studies. First published in 1933, these studies are intrinsically important for their insights and conclusions regarding the effects of movies on behaviour. They are, moreover, also an important landmark of modern social science research, demonstrating the rapid evolution of this discipline in American academic institutions over the first three decades of the century. Based on more recently discovered primary sources, whose contents are published here for the first time, this volume also reproduces the long-missing first Payne Fund study in its entirety.

    • An original work on an important and little-known aspect of American film history
    • Publication for the first time of the missing Payne Fund Study - making this an essential library purchase
    • A major contribution to the field of film studies and social science history
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    'A thoroughly worthwhile and instructive re-appraisal of the Payne Fund Studies and their legacy.' Graham McCann, The Times Literary Supplement

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    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521041454
    • length: 452 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.671kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    About the authors
    Foreword George Gerbner
    Dramatis Personae: biographical sketches of participants in the Payne Fund studies
    Introduction: the Payne Fund studies and their continuing significance for communications research
    Part I. History of the Payne Fund Studies:
    1. Social science as a weapon: the origins of the Payne Fund studies, 1926–9
    2. Movie made social science: the enterprise of the Payne Fund studies researchers, 1928–33
    3. Aftermath: the summaries and reception of the Payne Fund studies
    Part II. The Unpublished Payne Fund Material:
    4. The lost manuscript
    5. The Intervale study
    6. Student movie autobiographies and 'movies and sex'
    Index of names
    Index of subjects.

  • Authors

    Garth S. Jowett, University of Houston

    Ian C. Jarvie, York University, Toronto

    Kathryn H. Fuller, Virginia Commonwealth University


    George Gerbner

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