This book covers the key concepts central to understanding recent developments in media and communications studies. Wide-ranging in scope and accessible in style it sets out a useful, clear map of the important theories, methods, and debates.

The entries critically explore the limits of a key concept as much as the traditions that define it. They include clear definitions, are introduced within the wider context of the field and each one is fully cross-referenced, is clearly illustrated with relevant examples, and provides a guide to further reading and an index.

This book is an essential resource for students in media and communications and for those studying sociology, cultural sociology, cultural studies, and sociology of media.

Time–Space Compression

Time–space compression

‘Time–space compression’ is a concept largely developed by economic geographers (Harvey, 1989; Massey, 1999), but it has become a keyword in the study of communications. The origin of the concept is Karl Marx's analysis of the need for capitalism to speed up the circulation time of capital. The faster that money can be turned into the production of goods and services, which then turn back into money in the form of profit (M-C-M), the greater the power of capital to expand or valorize itself. The most abstract manifestation of this is globalization. More specifically, in relation to competition between capitalists, capital that circulates too slowly, in relation to other capital, will not survive. With capitalism, ...

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