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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.

The Political Economy of Communications in Post-colonial India: 1948–1985
The political economy of communications in post-colonial India: 1948–1985

A critical political economy of communications and culture deals with the media and communication systems as essential institutions in contemporary societies that are broadly determined by key factors in society—namely, economics and politics. In other words, media systems, in this approach, are not seen as independent institutions that produce symbolic goods for individual consumption but as social constructions established by a range of forces and institutions in society. The focus is not on an analysis of individual consumer behaviour (reception) but on a holistic, integrated, historical, materialist analysis (Golding and Murdock 1997) that attempts to understand the production, distribution and consumption of symbolic/material goods within the parameters of ...

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