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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.

Poverty and the Media
Poverty and the media

A critical political economy of communications explores deficits in the media's relationship with society with a view to exploring reasonable solutions to persistent problems, for example, issues related to representations of poverty. Deficits in the representation of people often are a by-product of habitual ways of representing society but could also be a consequence of deliberate policy decisions that are reflected in contemporary, mediated constructions of reality.

The cultural theorist, Stuart Hall (1977: 346), in an influential essay ‘Culture, the Media and the Ideological Effect’, notes the way in which the media manufacture consensus:

What constitutes this, not simply as a field, but as a field which is ‘structured in dominance’, is the ways its limits operate—to rule certain kinds ...

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