• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This book is a critical study of the political economy of communications in India. It explores the ways in which contexts, policies, and processes at national and international levels shape media structures and studies how a political economy-inspired approach can be used to understand both media dominance and resistance.

The author explores aspects of colonial political economy and how it has shaped the structure of media in India and in many other countries. It also discusses liberalization, privatization, and media politics in contemporary India. Divided into three sections—structures, means, and resistance—the chapters focus on both the electronic and the print media.

The book would interest students and researchers of Indian media history, international communication, media and politics, sociology, and political economy.

Processes and Means
Processes and means

This section, consisting of five chapters, deals with a number of issues that are critical to an understanding of the political economy of communications. These include Chapter 5 that deals with issues related to copyright and the politics and policies supportive of media enclosures and the role of global media governance institutions and business lobbies in advocating the harmonisation of India's IP laws with global standards. Copyright is the means used to fix and profit from ideas as property; thus, contributing to knowledge divides. Chapter 6 explores the processes related to audio-visual trade focussing in particular on the paradoxical position that India is in at the moment, as both an importer and exporter of media content. It explores the concept ...

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