This book gives a comprehensive and critical account of the theoretical changes in communication studies from the early theories of development communication through to the contemporary critiques of globalization. It looks at the ways in which the media can be used to effect change and development, and traces the evolution of thinking from attempts to spread 'modernity' by way of using the media through to alternative perspectives based on encouraging participation in development communication. It explores the theory of media imperialism, the criticisms that it provoked, and its replacement as the dominant theory of international communication by globalization.

Cultural and Media Imperialism
Cultural and media imperialism

The dominant paradigm encountered two sorts of criticism. The first, which we examined in the last two chapters, were concerned with what we might term its ‘internal’ shortcomings. Critics examined the structure of the paradigm and identified this or that problem. They proposed changes, in the case of the ...

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