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By: Raymond Williams

In: Understanding Media Cultures: Social Theory and Mass Communication

Chapter 1: Marxism and Mass Communication Research: Debates within Political Economy and Ideology

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Marxism and Mass Communication Research: Debates within Political Economy and Ideology
Marxism and mass communication research: Debates within political economy and ideology
RaymondWilliams, Glasgow University Media Group and Stuart Hall
Marxism, Political Economy and Ideology

Historically Marxism has offered an analysis of the media of mass communication that has sought to emphasise their role in the social reproduction of the status quo. Whereas liberalism has argued that the mass media have an essential role to play in the maintenance of free speech, Marxism has charged that unequal social relations have helped form ideological images and representations of society. In this sense, Marxism's strength has been to suggest that there is indeed a link between questions of ownership and the cultural content of media production. Marxists have rightly criticised ...

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